Our guest blogger today is Communications Intern Sara Caple! Learn what to expect at tomorrow’s Slow Art Day, an event dedicated to slowing down, reflecting, and finding the joy in art. The event is on Saturday, April 14, from 10 am to 5 pm.
We can all agree that some (most) days are so busy and stressful, we hardly ever have time to slow down. What better way to relax than with art and nature? Crystal Bridges is joining museums around the world for Slow Art Day, dedicating time to slowing down, reflecting, and finding the joy in art.
Slow Art Day invites you and your whole family on April 14 from 10 am to 5 pm to enjoy a free, wide-range of special in-gallery activities designed to help you be present, stay focused, feel relaxed, and decompress!
Throughout the day, we’ll have in-gallery activities dedicated to spending time surrounded by art! These activities include Slow Art Stop, Thumbnail Sketching, Singing Bowls, and Acoustic Music.
Slow Art Stops are an in-gallery activity where guides will be stationed at featured artworks for conversations and helpful looking tips! The goal is for you to look, contemplate, and enjoy art through a variety of guided looking instructions and conversations. Participate anytime between 10 am and 5 pm!
Experience the sound of singing bowls while enjoying art with Jim Hey and his portable Crystal and Brass Singing Bowls. The unique tones of Tibetan Singing Bowls creates the perfect opportunity for deep meditation and creative thinking. The pure sonic waves that ring from the bowls will have you feeling the sound! Experiencing the power of singing bowls while enjoying our artworks will leave you feeling relaxed and calm.
Along with the special activities in the galleries, there will be wide-range of unique activities held throughout the museum that will help you focus. These activities include Tai Chi, Gong Ripples, Live Slow Painting with Matt Miller, Mindfulness with Asher Hartman, Drop-in Puzzles, and Demonstrating Artists.
Matt Miller is a local Northwest Arkansas artist with murals and artworks featured throughout our community. During Slow Art Day, guest will have the opportunity to watch him in his element during a live slow painting! Miller will start a painting and continue throughout the day. He incorporates mindfulness techniques into painting and will discuss the process with guests, encouraging them to reflect and engage with art.
Gong Ripples with musician Rachel Ackerman will be held on Walker Landing to showcase how the sounds slowly change as they move across the water! Come decompress in this transformative experience throughout Slow Art Day.
Another special experience during Slow Art Day is a Theatre for One! This mobile state-of-the-art performance space is for one actor and one audience member. Embracing serendipity and spontaneity, Theatre for One is presented in public spaces in which audience members are invited to engage in an intimate theatrical exchange and enter the theatre space not knowing what to expect. Learn more here.
Don’t miss this special event designed to help you slow down and find joy in art! With all the stress we build up from work, responsibilities, and everyday life, Slow Art Day will help you slow down and be present. Come ready to spend quality time in the galleries with artworks from our permanent collection and celebrate the joy of looking together.
This event is free, no tickets required!