Slow Art Day 2010 completes its mission

Two days before more than 50 museums and galleries and churches around the world celebrate Slow Art Day 2010, the Reading Odyssey has already completed its 2010 Slow Art Day mission: to organize volunteers to host events on every continent except Antarctica.

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Across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa (Cape Town just signed on today), Slow Art Day 2010 will help people learn the art of looking slowly and discovering the ‘secret’ that many in the art world have known for centuries: if you look slowly, you see. And can then walk away “inspired, not tired.”

This map above of all the Slow Art Day sites comes from our new website – http://SlowArtDay.com – which we launched just in time for Slow Art Day 2010 with the help of our sponsors, ADS Software, who built the site for us free of charge.

Word is getting out. A growing number of newspapers, blogs and other media are covering Slow Art Day.

Here’s a sample just from the last few days:

– “Slow down for Slow Art
Eye Level – Smithsonian American Art Museum April 15, 2010

“Six months ago American Art, along with twelve other museums around the world, invited people to spend an afternoon taking a long look at art as part of Slow Art day. It was the antithesis of the fast-paced social networking world personified by Twitter and Facebook. Afterward, participants sat down and talked about what we’d seen. On April 17, starting at 11:30 a.m., American Art will be hosting Slow Art’s second event here in DC. This time 48 museums from around the world are participating (and the number is still growing).” 

– “Loitering Is Encouraged Saturday at the Hood Museum
Valley News, April 15, 2010

“Enter Slow Art Day, an experience that’s meant to change the way we relate to museums. The Hood Museum is one of 50 sites around the world that Slow Art will invite the public into on Saturday.”

– “Slow down! Peabody Essex Museum wants visitors to take a good look” 
Salem News, April 15, 2010

“SALEM — People hurry past the paintings in museums as if they were subway posters. In fact, “the typical museum visitor looks, on average, for only eight seconds or so” at each work of art, Phil Terry says. A lot is lost in that rush.” 

– “Grand Rapids Art Museum promotes Slow Art Day, encouraging visitors to study works” 
Michigan Live April 14, 2010

“On Saturday, the GRAM presents and ArtPrize hosts the official localized celebration of Slow Art Day, a global event run by volunteers designed to draw participants to existing art institutions to see, to think, to experience a few pieces of art in new ways by slowing down and taking time with each piece…” 

– “Blanton Museum to participate in ‘Slow Art Day’” 
austin360.com April 14, 2010

“Time for everyone to chill. After all, who doesn’t need an antidote to our hyper-speed lifestyle? On Saturday, try slow art. Arts institutions in more than 45 cities around the world are participating in Slow Art Day 2010…” 

– “Flavorpill: Slow Art Day” 
Flavorpill April 13, 2010

“After a slow-poke trip through MoMA last fall, Slow Art Day returns, around the world and here in NYC. Instead of rushing through the museum, ticking masterpieces off your bucket list of art-appreciation, try slowing down dramatically…” 

Slow it down at the American Art Museum
Smithsonian Magazine April 12, 2010

– “Slow Art in a Fast City” 
NYC Arts April 2010

“The nascent and grassroots Slow Art movement echoes the philosophy of Slow Food, but focuses on how we view art, not on how it is made…” 

You can see all of the press for Slow Art Day here on our Slow Art Day press page.

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