On Saturday April 12, 2014, nations around the world will celebrate the annual Slow Art Day, a volunteer-based event that aims to fulfill a simple goal: to encourage people to look at more art, and to enjoy it.
Founded by Phil Terry, the CEO of Creative Good, a consulting and services company that seeks to enhance customer services, and hosted by international grassroots organization Slow Art Day, the event will hit museums and galleries in cities that are major art hubs like Florence, Paris, Melbourne, New York, Accra, and of course San Francisco, and will also take place in cities where the organization hopes to develop an interest in art. The event will involve participants looking at five works of art for about ten minutes, and then meeting over lunch to talk about their experiences.
The initiative is a collaborative effort between the museum staff, who choose the location and the pieces of art that are viewed, and the Slow Art Day organizers, who facilitate the event and provide integral support. It seeks to promote looking at art slowly, hoping that viewers will be able to form individual deeper connections with the pieces and undergo an experience based on their own perspectives rather than those presented by a tour guide or expert. It is hoped that these engaging encounters will enthuse viewers to become avid art fans and will unleash their own creativity.
Participating museums in San Francisco include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor and the Chandler Fine Art Gallery. There are also events taking place nearby the city, such as at the Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery in Alameda and at the Gray Loft Gallery in Oakland.
The Slow Art Day is also a fantastic opportunity for those looking to volunteer and contribute to a large-scale project. There are many positions available all around the world and it is a brilliant way to network with other art enthusiasts and volunteers.
The first Slow Art Day took place in 2009, with 16 museums and galleries in North America and Europe participating in their beta test. Since then, it has grown exponentially, with over 200 venues signed up to participate in this year’s event in hopes of having participants really associate and relate to the artworks rather than just undergo a brief experience that leaves no real mark on their minds. As Henry David Thoreau once said, “it’s not about what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
WHEN: Saturday April 12, 2014
Please click here to view the list of venues.