Join and reflect with mindful experiences

Art for Wellbeing
Join us for a free, thirty minute mindful-looking exercise that will help you slow down, process emotion, and quiet anxieties. Research shows that close, mindful looking at art can strengthen our ability to process stress. Building resilience is more important than ever in today’s increasingly divisive and troubling world. Participants will be guided through a slow-looking protocol coupled with a mindful breathing exercise. You will have the opportunity to reflect and share or quietly look and process. These will be offered every fourth Thursday each month, beginning in January.

August 26
12:30 – 1:00 PM


September 23
12:30 – 1:00 PM



Art & Empathy Talks

This new monthly interactive conversation series is in partnership with Empathize With Me, an initiative created by storyteller Donte Woods-Spikes to find ourselves within each other through storytelling and documentation. Each month’s theme will be inspired by the special exhibition Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Robinson’s House and Journals.

This program is free. Space is limited. Registration is encouraged.

August 14
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Theme: Married to Art – The Untold Story of Walt Neil
Guest: Denise Neil


September 16
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Theme: The Preservation of Black Art Pt 2
Guest: TBA


Take a Wellness Break
A guide to support a mindful museum visit

Art and museum experiences can help us slow down, find calm, connect with our interior lives, and transport us to new places. All of this helps promote a sense of well-being.

Here are some principles to guide you through a mindful museum experience:

    • Slowing down has value.
    • It is enough to be present.
    • There is no right and wrong.
    • Tune into your breath. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.
    • Listen to your body; this experience should be restful and restorative. Sit if you need to. Close your eyes and disconnect if that is what your body wants.
    • Look with fresh eyes and be open to wonder and curiosity.

Mindfulness Activities:

Five Senses
Spend a few minutes in the sculpture garden, the atrium, or a gallery, with your eyes closed. What sounds do you notice? What smells? Does the air feel warm or cool, is it still or moving? As best you can, try not to attach judgment to these observations, just practice noticing sensations.

Take a Trip
Find a landscape. Take one silent minute to let your eyes pass over the work of art. Now close your eyes and imagine stepping into the scene. What sounds might you hear? What does the air feel like on your skin?

Find Meaning
Find a work of art that you feel conveys a sense of care. Spend some time with it. Don’t read the label. Consider, what drew you to this work? What about it communicates care to you? When you are ready, look around and find a very different work. How does it connect to care? Try the same with another idea that matters to you, perhaps calm, listening, or compassion.

Visitor with Emerson C. Burkhart, Man is Man (Portrait of Roman Johnson),1946. Oil on canvas.

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