The Benefits of Art
- Reduces stress & anxiety
- Increases creativity
- Increases understanding of other countries/cultures/people/historical events
- Improves connection w other people & ourselves
Tips to Enjoy Art
- Visit a local museum - Most museums have free entry on certain nights, go on their website to find out deals they may have
- Join a tour - The NYC MET offers free tours of different areas of the building every single hour they are open. This is a brilliant way to learn about another culture, meet new people, ease into the whole experience of a museum if you don't know what to be looking at/what to get out of it. All museums have audio tours and some even have them on your iphone now as opposed to those annoying headsets!
- Employee Discount - A lot of employers have relationships with museums that enable their employees to visit the museums for free/at a discount i.e. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has partnerships with a variety of museums across the U.S. where entry for you and a guest is free. Inquire with your HR department whether you have something similar. *It goes without saying that students, children, & senior senior citizens get discounts at almost all museums. Call ahead and ask if you're not sure.
- Sign up for an art class - There are a host of art classes offered by different organizations depending on your interest. For a cost effective option, the public library offers free courses i.e. I attended a free poetry class a few weeks back taught by a former Columbia professor that was very interesting/fun/eye opening.
- Buy a colouring book - Yes, get back to your roots and pop over to the local Michael's or craft store equivalent in your area. They sell adult colouring books for around $5. You will have a ball reconnecting with your inner child. I have friends who do this on a consistent basis and love it!
- Bring the kids - Museums offer a variety of ways to get your kids engaged in art at a young age. I visited the Whitney Museum this past weekend and they had an entire room dedicated to families, where kids and parents alike could learn about art and have fun with other kids.
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