Do a quick google search for the Rijksmuseum, The Met, or even the 200-year-old Museo del Prado in Madrid, and with the click of a button, you could be taking a “virtual” tour. Just about any museum or gallery in the world is easily accessed and at our fingertips.
What does this mean for us? Sightseeing in our pj’s as we sit comfortably in our beds? Should we forgo the lines and omit the iconic museum trips while we are on our travels? No, by no means! It simply means that information, stories behind the pieces, and artist biographies have never been this easy to access. Linger a while on museum websites. They are rich with information, not just hours of operation and pricing, but many sites are masterfully crafted to highlight the best of what the artists have created.
Arming yourself with back stories on artists and particular pieces before you see them in person can be deeply enriching.
Teachers, strategizing a unit study of some of the marvelous masterpieces? Pinterest would probably have more ideas than one could ever teach through. Need a unique, one of a kind gift for your hard to buy for someone? Etsy has been the go-to e-commerce site for all things creative. Are you an information junky? The world of art has many newsletters, blogs, and websites worth your subscription. Artsy and ArtNews are just two. Instagram more your pace? One can easily search for artists/art hashtags and start following some new talent trying to perfect their craft and get their stuff out there. For your listening ears? Podcasts can be handy while traveling or even passing the time while waiting in line at the DMV. Maybe try Stitcher’s, National Gallery of Art Audio series.
Our social media platforms get a bad wrap for many reasons, one is the “time warp” or waste. We can get “sucked” into the world of others and quickly see 15-20+ minutes slip by with little to no profit to our lives. Too Debbie Downer? On a more positive note, when you notice how useful Facebook, in particular, can be in event sharing, we see that the force can be used for good! Follow some of your local groups (Conway Symphony Orchestra-@conwaysymphony, Reynolds Performance Hall-@ucareynolds, Blackbird Academy of Arts-@blackbirdacademy), and you will get beautiful reminders of incredible events in our backyard!
Just this past weekend, Art on the Green had the pleasure to host a table at Conway Symphony Orchestra’s Art Fair in conjunction with their performance of Pictures at an Exhibition! It was phenomenal! Again, Facebook helped put this on the calendar and even enabled the communication between the organizers.
Let us harness the digital era for good and let it work for us.
After liking and following some of our favorites, you can be reminded of unique offers to the community such as Blackbird of Academy Arts’ rendition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” There are two chances to see this FREE, family-friendly play: Friday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church.
Art on the Green would also like to invite you to follow their social media feeds. A great way to stay connected, inspired and up to date on all events, classes and upcoming City Talks coming to you! Find us on Facebook @ConwayArt and Instagram @artonthegreen.