Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Art and Mindfulness

Chris Fraser
Emmanuelle, 2013
Glass microspheres, plate glass, alu2minum disc, and LED light
24 × 1 ¼ inches
Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Council of 100

The San Jose Museum of Art currently has an exhibit that will be on display throughout summer and closing on August 27th 2017, titled Your Mind, This Moment: Art and the Practice of Attention that makes the connection between mindfulness and art; focusing on observing with "patient awareness."  

It uses art as the focus of meditation and is guided by audio meditations created by Bay Area mindfulness teachers to lead you through the exhibit.

As the students of SFC are so fortunate to have mindfulness incorporated into their weekly schedules, this could be a wonderful opportunity to let them make the connection between mindfulness and how they view things in the world, including art.  

As the exhibit states, they can "explore the intersection between the practice of looking and the increasingly widespread practice of mindfulness meditation."  

I plan to check it out sometime this week (and hopefully get Ms. Filice to tag along with me).  I'll report back and blog about the experience.  

Here is the link for more information on the exhibit:  http://sjmusart.org/exhibition/your-mind-moment-art-and-practice-attention

I highly recommend using the San Jose Public Library's Discover and Go program. Discover & Go offers free or reduced price tickets to local museums for Bay Area library cardholders. There are a limited number of passes for each day on a first come, first serve basis, but many times you can find and get a family pass to the San Jose Museum of Art for a family of 4 for free.  
It's wonderful for a variety of other Bay Area art and family venues as well.  Here is the link to the San Jose public library's Discover and Go:  https://sjpl.discoverandgo.net

Hours and Ticket prices for the San Jose Museum of Art:  http://sjmusart.org/hours-and-admission

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