Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.
When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries.
The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise).
And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art fans.
How Does It work?
One day each year – April 9 in 2016 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.
In fact, Slow Art Day works best when people look at the art on their own slowly and then meet up to discuss the experience (though some hosts decide to do the discussion right in the gallery).
This 2010 ARTNews feature article, Slow Down You Look Too Fast, provides an excellent overview of Slow Art Day.
How does an Art Institution get involved?
Volunteers, as individuals or as museum staff, raise their hands (and register on this site) to host a group at a local museum or gallery. The host selects both the location and the art to view. The global Slow Art Day team (also made up of volunteers) provides the tools and support for hosts to run their own events.
How do individuals volunteer or intern on the global team that runs Slow Art Day?
Slow Art Day is made up entirely of volunteers – including college and high school students who intern with us. Anyone can intern or volunteer from anywhere in the world – it’s a global movement and we work remotely using a variety of digital tools and old-fashioned technology like conference calls.
See more about our internship program here or contact us if you’d like to volunteer working on social media, our database, our outreach to museums and galleries or any of the other jobs.
We have a great team around the world and you’ll learn a lot and have fun working with the team behind Slow Art Day.