Get ready for an art experience for your mind and body this fall at the i.d.e.a. Museum. “The Art of Healthy Living” takes guests on a fruitful journey featuring nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and overall wellness through diverse artworks, hands-on activities and movement stations.
“Families are wanting fun ways to learn more about living healthy. We kept that in mind as we created The Art of Healthy Living exhibition,” said Curator of Education Dena Milliron. “We feature several movement stations along with our art and hands-on activities to help our visitors nourish both their minds and bodies.”
The exhibition, opening Sept. 29, features 16 artists from Arizona and around the globe. Artworks – highlighting creativity, physical fitness, food and meditation – include ceramics, paintings, sculptures and photographs.
Activities align with the Association of Children’s Museums “Let’s Move” campaign, featuring:
- Art and hands-on learning about food nutrition, serving size and healthy choices.
- Active play in the exercise studio, featuring videos that children can follow, balance boards, hula hoops and more.
- Relaxation techniques in the “mindfulness” space, as well as information for learning about how sensory inputs affect our moods, emotions and well-being.
The exhibition – which goes through Jan. 21, 2018 – is sponsored by the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors Inc., the city of Mesa and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other financial contributions come from the Gila River Indian Community and Season for Sharing that support the museum’s Access for All fund, which helps pay for programs such as school visits and free days. The Steele Foundation also continues to provide funding for the ArtFul Tales Experience, an art and literacy program designed for children ages 3 to 5.
Featured artists are: Mike Brennan, New Jersey; Stephan Brusche, Netherlands; Vanessa Dualib, Brazil; Klaus Enrique, New York; Rebecca Kinkead, Vermont; Deborah McMillion-Nering, Mary Meyer, Farraday Newsome, Jeff Reich and Jeff Schmuki, Arizona; Laleh Mohmedi, Australia; and Jennyfer Stratman, Arizona and Australia.
In addition, select artworks will be on loan from the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Collection, including artists Akio Takamori, Seattle; Dana Smith, Tucson; Nobuhito Nishigawara, Fullerton, California and Jim Lowry.
Admission is $9 for ages 1 and up; free for museum members and younger than 1. For more museum activities, visit: ideaMuseum.org.