Mindfulness and Art: A Practice in the Galleries

Mindfulness and Art: A Practice in the Galleries

Quiet your mind, relieve stress, and get into the contemplative mood with this 30-minute facilitated mindfulness session.

Mindfulness is considered a state of active, open attention to the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judgement. For centuries, practitioners have used mindfulness to quiet the mind, open the heart, increase focus, and foster a greater sense of peace and calm. This past year, we incorporated the concept in our galleries with this new program.


This program is designed to fit into your lunch break and include an opening talk, a 20-minute guided meditation in front of a work of art, and a brief discussion. According to research in the field, we spend an average time of 6 to 10 seconds with a work of art. Using our mindfulness program, many PMA visitors saw works they had previously breezed past become more colorful and meaningful.

What & When

February 15

7 p.m.to 8 p.m. - Pre-party and cocktail hour for #PMAbash Host Committee with artists from the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - 2018 Winter Bash

Questions about the bash?

For more information, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Ashleigh Hill, Special Events and Stewardship Associate at (207) 494-5346.