Pulitzer prize winning journalist Mary Schmich once said, “Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.” In that spirit, we should all celebrate art that draws inspiration from us and makes us appreciate life and love. This January 31st, take some time to immerse yourself in art, whether it is a play, movie, musical performance, painting or even digital art. The only qualifier is that is has to touch your heart in the way that only art can! I’ve already showed you how to explore the local art scene in your neighborhood; this time I’m going to show you how to make the most of it.
National Inspire Your Heart With Art day is all about quality, not quantity. This isn’t a day for head-scratcher paintings and bored faces at an expensive gallery, it’s the day for heartwarming feelings while watching a classic movie and children’s laughter while finger-painting. The first step to making this holiday a success is to be selective. What are the creative things your family loves to do? What’s nostalgic to you? How do you de-stress with art? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can start planning your day.
Consider making this adventure extra special by enjoying it in a new way. Watercolor painting by the beach or playing music on a mountain top. Art can truly be a transformative experience when it’s done well. Exploring art that you love with new eyes can uncover things you had never noticed before.
To make this day one to remember, record it with saved images, sounds and thoughts. Whatever your fancy, a token of this holiday can serve as a future reminder to inspire your heart with art! Journal about your feelings or snap a few photos to memorialize the holiday. Just remember to be in the moment and lose the phone after you post to Instagram.
It’s easy to get caught up and think that you need to travel far or spend a lot of money to appreciate art. We know now that art is only what you make of it. When January 31st rolls around, gather around the people that you love and share an interactive and collaborative experience. Doodle to your subconscious’s content. Partake in an exquisite corpse game. After all, art is meant to be lived.
How are you planning on celebrating this upcoming Inspire Your Heart With Art day?