Health and wellness might not seem like the usual topics of conversation to come from an art museum, but consider this. As preventable health issues like obesity become a national concern, it’s important for all of us to tackle them through whatever avenues we have at our disposal. The conversations surrounding a healthier life don’t all have to happen at your dinner table, your gym, or your doctor’s office. They can also happen at your friendly neighborhood museum and, through recent events like the Ramp Jam and the Bike Jamboree, we’ve been showing that art and the creative life don’t have to be independent from fun physical activity.
We’re proud, then, to present a set of programs this fall that are in line with “Let’s Move!,” an initiative announced last year by First Lady Michelle Obama to eradicate childhood obesity within a generation. Let’s Move! recognizes, too, that the responsibilities of a healthier life don’t fall on just one or two sectors of our society:
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. – letsmove.gov
We agree, and we hope you’ll consider taking part in these great upcoming activities to get (or keep) the ball rolling on a healthier lifestyle for you and your family:
- Artful Yoga at PAM. Tuesdays at 8 a.m., October 18 to November 29. A one-hour beginner’s yoga class with instructor Jan Knoedel up in our beautiful 3rd floor space; plenty of natural light and plenty of room. All classes are drop-in; no registration needed. Bring a mat. $10 per class/$5 for PAM members.
- I Ran Away with the Circus Movement Workshop. Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Choreographer Laurie Van Wieren will lead a movement workshop for visual artists, performance artists, and actors and dancers from the novice to experienced. Inspired by Judy Onofrio’s circus themes, she will focus on movement techniques of clowns, circus barkers, animal trainers, animal performers, and acrobats. For high school age to adults. Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Limit 20. $20/$15 for PAM members. Click here to register for this event, or call 701.232.3821. Van Wieren will also develop a new solo dance work at the Museum 10 a.m. to noon and one to three p.m. Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21. Drop by to see this new performance piece in the making and talk with Laurie about her ideas and process.
In addition to these activities, we’re also happy to offer high-quality, nutritious lunches in Cafe Muse through our friends at Mosaic Foods, where you’ll find plenty of healthy and delicious menu items to keep your healthy lifestyle on track.