The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury organizes events and activities

WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., announces its calendar of activities and events for the month of June. For more information and to register, visit mattmuseum.org or call 203-753-0381 x130.

Visitors who prefer contactless payment can call and reserve their ticket in advance. Based on the recent CDC recommendation, the Museum is returning to a “mask optional” policy for visitors and staff. Should another variation or issue arise, we will re-evaluate the decision at that time.

The museum outlines updated guidelines for visitors, including what to expect during your visit, cleaning and safety protocols, and frequently asked questions, on its website. Follow the Mattatuck Museum on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and content.

Floral arrangement and painting: June 4, 18, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. $35 per session or $60 for both. During the first session, a florist will teach participants the intricate art of flower arranging. Participants will choose from a variety of fresh flowers to create their own bouquet to take home. Photos of the finished arrangements will be taken at the end of the first workshop. On the second day, participants will immortalize their beautiful bouquets by referencing the photographs and painting them in watercolor under the guidance of a teaching artist.

Art + Yoga = Relaxation: June 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., $8 members, $12 guests. With Certified Yoga Teacher Lisa Davis, practice poses that help your body release tension, calm your nervous system, and restore overall balance to your body, mind, and soul. Then, engage in a guided mindfulness meditation practice using artwork displayed in the museum’s galleries. Modifications will always be shared so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will feel safe and comfortable participating in the class. To purchase tickets, please visit mattmuseum.org/calendar.

Summer Exhibit Celebration and Program Preview: June 5, 1 to 3 p.m. Free for members, $5 guests. Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, The Garden, and Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art will be celebrated with remarks from Mattatuck Museum Director Bob Burns at 1 p.m.


Families are invited to participate in exploration activities in the studio. The Art of Yum Café will be open with delicious meals, snacks, coffees and sweets available for purchase. Admission to the Celebration of Summer Exhibits is free for Museum members and children under 5, and $5 for the public.

Home Away from Home School: Art Workshops: Tuesdays in June, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids to the Museum each week to learn about different artists and art styles. After discovering an artist and seeing their work, children ages 5-18 are invited to create their own personal masterpiece using that artist’s unique techniques.

Souvenirs @ Le MATT: 11:30 a.m., June 9, 23, free. For people with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers, free of charge. Medical researchers have found that people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease are positively impacted by the therapeutic effects of viewing historical artifacts and discussing art. Join the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter and virtually explore the museum’s collection while connecting with others who are also experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. All interested candidates must go through a screening process. For more information, contact Tina Hogan at thogan@alz.org.

CT Open House Day, June 11, 11 a.m. Storytelling, mask making, regular tour at 1 p.m., included with museum admission.

The Accordion Lives On: Celebrating Waterbury’s Musical History, June 12, 2 p.m., $10 members, $15 guests, $5 12 and under. The concert features the Connecticut Accordion Association Orchestra under the direction of Peter Peluso. The accordion was a mainstay of the music scene from the 1950s to the early 1980s, and Waterbury was home to some of the best teachers in the industry.

Van Trip and Meet-Up: Florence Griswold Museum, June 15. Van Option: Attendees depart Mattatuck Museum parking lot at 9:30 a.m., return around 4 p.m. $90 members, $100 guests. Participants can also arrive alone at the Florence Griswold Museum at 10:45 a.m. to join the group. $50 members, $55 guests. Lunch at Café Flo, or BYO picnic. The day ends with a commented walk on the path of the artists of the museum.

Expression Through Object Movement: 10 a.m., June 18, $8 members, $12 guests. Join puppet artist Elise Vanase to explore beneficial self-expression through the art of playing with puppets. In this low-pressure environment of the Mattatuck Museum, learn the basics of object performance and perform a series of challenging exercises with a puppet related to breath, movement, and speechless expression.

Green Thumb, Brown Hand Film Screening and Panel: 2 p.m., June 19, $5 members, $10 guests. Celebrate Juneteenth at the Mattatuck Museum with a screening of Green Thumb, Brown Hand, a documentary film by local artist Mya Saree’ Gray that explores current food desert conditions in Waterbury.

Cocktails and Curators: Shipwrecks with Stefano Benazzo and Natalie DeQuarto: June 23 at 5:30 p.m., members $30, guests $35, sober tickets, members $10, guests $15. Assistant Curator Natalie DeQuarto of the Mattatuck Museum will delve into the exhibition, Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, which features photographs of elusive shipwrecks from around the world by Italian artist Stefano Benazzo. After the tour, learn about the stories and artistic process behind Stefano’s photos, with sample cocktails created by award-winning cocktail chemist Dimitrios Zahariadias.

End of school: One-week summer artistic adventures for young people: weeks of June 27, July 11 and July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call for rates and schedules.

Saturday Docent guided tours: Saturdays in June, at 1 p.m., included in the price of admission. Museum staff will guide visitors through one of the museum’s special exhibits, collection gallery, or historical exhibit. After the tour is over, visitors will have the option to continue exploring the museum on their own.

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