April is a great month. Spring is in the air and we celebrate rebirth and renewal. There is Easter and Earth Day for sure, but there are two other days I wanted to call attention to this year – Slow Art Day coming up tomorrow, April 8, 2017 – and Record Store Day two weeks from tomorrow on April 22, 2107. I love the ideas behind both of these celebrations.

Slow Art Day – April 8, 2017

aaa1About Slow Art Day: “Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Why slow? When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers. How does it work? One day each year – April 8 in 2017 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.”

Learn more about Slow Art Day here.

Record Store Day – April 22, 2017

aaa2About Record Store Day: “Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on.”

Learn more about Record Store Day here.