Art and Health Series

The Power of Playfulness
October 21, 2020 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 10/21/2020 12:00 AM 10/21/2020 12:00 AM

Play serves many valuable purposes. It is a means by which children and adults develop their physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, social, and moral capacities, and it is a means of creating and preserving friendships. Play also provides a state of mind that, in adults as well as children, is uniquely suited for social connections, high-level reasoning, insightful problem solving, and all sorts of creative endeavors. We will focus on artworks by Joan Miró and Joel Shapiro. 

Open to the public. Advance registration required; spaces are limited. FREE for Nasher Members / $10 for non-members.

This mindful observation workshop led by Bonnie Pitman, exploring ways to integrate wellness and mindfulness meditation techniques with art experiences, is part of the Nasher’s Art and Health series. Mindful observation is perfect for those who enjoy looking at art and are curious about the practices of mediation including attention, intention, sensory awareness, and ways to quiet the mind and be still.

Play has the ability to enhance: 

  • Optimism
  • Social Interactions
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Empathy
  • Perseverance

The three-part mindful observation series will use sculptures in the Nasher Collection to explore:  
Staying in the moment and Seeing in New Ways / Wednesday, September 30 / 4:30 p.m. 
Nurturing Relationships / Wednesday, October 7 / 4:30 p.m. 
The Power of Playfulness / Wednesday, October 21 / 4:30 p.m. 

Find videos of other Art and Health programs on the Nasher’s YouTube Channel

Bonnie Pitman is Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art/Brain Innovations, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Please note, this workshop will take place online. Participants only need to register once per household. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate in the workshop using Zoom. Download Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone for free in advance for the best user experience.

If you do not receive a confirmation email with Zoom link upon registration, email Anna Smith at [email protected].

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
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