PHOENIX — This January, Phoenix Art Museum will present a number of virtual events and community-engagement opportunities, including the next installment of “The Whole Story” and the museum’s biweekly “PhxArtist Spotlight” series.
Community members are also invited to attend a virtual, socially distanced State of the Museum program. All in-person museum events, tours and public programs remain suspended until further notice.
The museum’s Adopt a Firefly program is running now through Jan. 15. Through the program, the community may adopt named, digital fireflies to help light a digital, interactive experience online at phxart.org inspired by “You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies” by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama.
Those who participate by purchasing a digital firefly will receive a free annual membership to Phoenix Art Museum. Adopt-a-Firefly Memberships can also be gifted to loved ones.
The fireflies may be purchased before Jan. 15 using the code FIREFLY10 to receive $10 off.
Featured January virtual events are:
- Jan. 13, 10 a.m., Tim Rodgers, PhD, the Sybil Harrington director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum, along with members of the Board of Trustees and museum staff, will host a socially distanced State of the Museum program that explores the progress the museum has made in pursuit of its goals to provide all people with increased access to arts and culture.
- “The Whole Story: 2020, What Happened? What Now?” The program is at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 and is a personal storytelling event that seeks to bring greater depth and breadth to understanding of the human experience from the Black perspective. It returns to Phoenix Art Museum throughout 2021 in a virtual format, kicking off the new year with the new series “2020: What Happened? What Now?” Black storytellers will reflect on 2020 and brainstorm new stories that will be shared later in 2021. Audiences will witness how a story develops from an idea into a performance, as storytellers share some of their highlights and lowlights of the past year. This pay-what-you-wish program will be livestreamed on YouTube. All donations will support Phoenix Art Museum and The Whole Story.
- “Virtual Mindfulness Sessions,” Jan. 7, 14, 21 beginning at noon. Scientific studies show the art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain and stress and actually change the way we feel, think, work and play by opening new pathways in the brain. Presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley, this free, 30-minute, at-home mindfulness session promotes living in the present. This session is hosted on Zoom, a video-conference platform.
- “Virtual Slow Art at Home, Guided Meditation” with Phoenix Art Museum is on Jan. 28 at noon. Guided by a museum educator, the pay-what-you-wish #PhxArtatHome meditation session provides an opportunity to connect with the present moment and create a deeper understanding of a work of art from the museum’s collection. January’s Slow Art will be presented through Zoom.
PhxArtist Spotlight is a biweekly series that explores what inspires and motivates Valley creatives while leveraging the museum’s reach in its community to support and expand awareness of working artists, many of them deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Twice a month, the museum highlights a different artist working in Arizona, posting a question-and-answer session with the artist and images of their work on the museum’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels and on its bilingual blog. The artist is also highlighted in a monthly email sent to museum members, Circles of Support donors and an email subscriber list of more than 67,000 followers.