Relaxing the the museum

Enhance Your Wellbeing at the DAM

Unplug at New Monthly Program

In our fast-paced and always-connected world, what better place than a museum to turn down the tempo and arrive in the present moment? Now, you might be saying, “But there’s so much to see, learn about, and do at the Denver Art Museum!” I can’t argue there. The number of exhibitions and programs at any museum can be dizzying. Our choices are endless and abundant, which is fabulous. However, what happens when we shift our focus from do-it-all to slow-it-down?

Catch Your Breath with Unplugged

Join us on a select Friday each month at 4 pm for Unplugged, a new program that invites visitors to find relaxation, reflection, and calm in our galleries. Led by museum educators and partners whose work connects with mindfulness or contemplative practices, each month’s program will feature a different way to slow down and unwind. Try them all or find an experience that fits your fancy, whether it’s spending 45 minutes with a single work of art (watching it unfold and discovering details as the time and conversation pass), finding your inner bliss on a meditation mat, responding to an artwork with mindful drawing exercises, or discovering new ways of physically experiencing the galleries through movement. Unplugged is included with general admission.

Woman doing splits in front of Hanumanasana statue in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art
Photo courtesy Instagram user @chanelofthewild

Experience the Museum in New Ways

The DAM is an ideal place to unplug—be it from your cell phone, a hectic day, or the world at large. Its aesthetically inspiring spaces and works of art within them have the potential to offer up delight, wonder, and contemplation when we slow down and take time in new, perhaps unexpected ways.

I’ll never forget when one of our upcoming Unplugged partners, Joan Pacos Jordan, a Feldenkrais practitioner, led our learning and engagement staff on a mindful movement activity in the Hamilton Building. As I lay on my yoga mat staring up at the dashing angles of Daniel Libeskind’s ceiling, I was downright tickled to see the museum from this radically new (and fun!) perspective. And I returned to my desk feeling rejuvenated from the ways I connected with both the works on view and myself through Joan’s careful prompting.

A Wellbeing Boost

The museum world is abuzz with excitement over the impact arts experiences can have on health and wellbeing. And we’re pretty excited about it here at the DAM as well. Check out a few recent articles below, and then we hope to see you here at the DAM!

Why Going to an Art Museum Can Be as Good for You as Exercise

Doctors are Now Prescribing Time in Nature and Visits to Art Museums

British Doctors May Soon Write Prescriptions for Dance, Art or Music Lessons

Photo at top courtesy Instagram user @cynthiapegado, Twitter @cypegado.

Molly Medakovich is a teaching specialist for adult programs in the learning and engagement department at the Denver Art Museum. Molly has been at the DAM since 2012, and her favorite painting in the collection is Gustave Doré’s The Family of Street Acrobats: the Injured Child.