Your Museum Time

Thanks for being part of the Your Museum Time program. For those of you who are new, each week you'll receive a prompt that offers an idea to use in your journal that week.The prompts will vary—a question, a looking technique, an insight related to new scholarship, a mindfulness exercise, a poetry form, or a sketching idea. You might even be asked some of the same questions the Museum staff is asking of themselves, as we work on action steps related to our commitment to racial justice.

If you ever want to look back at previous prompts, you can find an archive of past Your Museum Time emails on our website here.

And, if you have questions, or ideas for prompts, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at

All the best,

Kris Bergquist
Mirken Curator of Education and Engagement
Prompt #4

One of the funniest, and yet incredibly insightful, gallery games I used to play with elementary school groups was Hearts and Yuks. Everyone would receive a Heart Card and a Yuk Card, and the game was as simple as it sounds—put your heart card in front of a work of art you love, and the yuk card in front of a work of art you do not like at all.

It always seemed that there was one work of art that got a lot of Yuks, and some of the most memorable conversations we had were about why we made that judgement and inevitably, spending a long time looking and talking about it in the process. I saved a 5th grade student's end-of-year postcard because it summed everything up beautifully:
"... It's almost like each work of art is hiding a secret, and once the painting, or sculpture is unlocked you are gifted greatly. Something I learned . . . was that art always has a meaning, not that it's pretty, or ugly—everything has a meaning."

I've used the "YUK" technique myself in museums, purposefully seeking out works of art that I don't particularly like. This is a great activity when I get in a museum daze and find myself going from work to work aimlessly; I need a jolt to remind me that it takes time and thoughtful reflection to make connections with works of art.
Let Art Inspire Programs
Let Art Inspire is the museum's wellness initiative, and includes a variety of programs that connect mind, body, and art in innovative ways. While we’re closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll bring these programs to you in the safety and convenience of your home.

Each month, a work of art at the museum will be the inspiration for three virtual programs: Artful Movements, with yoga and movement (1st Saturdays), Artful Meditations (second Wednesdays), and Artful Healing (third Mondays), led by an art therapist. The theme for all of the October programs is "Time to Let Go," inspired by Up and Over by Martin Puryear.

After their first airing, all of the programs remain available on our website's Museum@Home page and on Facebook. For questions, email Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Senior Coordinator of Programs and Audience Engagement.
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