A neurobiologist discovered that simply viewing art gives pleasure, much like falling in love. Brain scans revealed that looking at works of art trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers romantic love. (Read more here.)
Along those same lines, a professor from the University of Arkansas studied more than 10,000 students and found that a one-hour trip to an art museum changed the way they thought and felt. (Read more here.) Students who visited a museum not only showed increased critical thinking skills, they also exhibited greater empathy towards how people lived in the past and expressed greater tolerance towards people different than themselves.
Want to give it a try? Visit our website or Facebook pages and see if you respond. You can even go a step further and download the Daily Art app. This free app provides a ‘daily dose of art in your pocket’ by showcasing one masterpiece a day, plus interesting background stories. And who doesn’t need a little more love?
We’ve got a February calendar filled with love, ranging from Galentine’s Day to date night soirees. I hope you will come to visit us!