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Day At the Museum!

Memories At Birmingham Museum Of Art, Childhood Wonder, And Why Corporations Should Use Museums For Creativity, Imagination, and Inspiration!

(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

When we were young as children, museums were a wonder of their own! Grade school field trips could decide if these adventures would be field with boredom (leaving us to escape the group for find adventure on our own) or if we could come out having the time of our lives. Most of us preferred the latter.

Now, in contrast to other things that we are encouraged to “give up” once we enter the world of adulthood, going to museums are also viewed as being part of the adult world. It is something encouraged for cultural education, and to allow our minds to enjoy public spaces. Enjoying the city’s artistry and pleasures of being in an urban environment. After all, no city can truly be “sophisticated” if they do not have a musical, visual arts, or other artistic domain. Yet, even as adults entering these spaces, who says that the childlike nature cannot come out to play? Going through the different artifacts does not have to be a monotone-robotic movement. Stop. See. Move on. Stop. See. Move on. How the repetition continues to play out is bland. Even when visiting and exploring Universal artistry, society’s perceptions still continues to limit and restrict us. Its unfortunate in being prevented from fully immersing into the the wealth of creativity and imagination, which is the foundation in our reason for living. Feeling that there is something beautiful that we can strive for in our daily lives is phenomenal.

Every corporation should thrive on this imaginative world of endless possibilities. Mental restrictions of only believing what is in reality has never achieved impossible tasks. Its that other world, which gives us permission to ignite our inner fire to think of things that do not exist; and thereby bringing them into fruition. That’s the power of creativity. Just think of these large, blackened energy pools. Within those pools, there being different colors, shapes, and designs, just waiting to be created, discovered, and birthed! Its a phenomenal paradise, wouldn’t you agree?

(Photograph By Birmingham Museum Staff; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By Birmingham Museum Staff; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

Think about how euphoric the corporate sector would be if the sent their employees to the museum, during break time. What if part of an employee’s duties were to take weekly trips to the local museum, while documenting their time there? Then returning back to the office and keeping a weekly log of how that experience was. Sharing that experience with fellow colleagues. This would be a real treasure, would it not? Working in the corporate, or even the governmental sectors, would get a major stress relief. Just imagine anticipating your weekly outing to a museum every week. A chance to get out of the office cubicle and the tight spacing too often coming with it. Having that special time with yourself, or fellow colleagues from the office, and being able to soak in that creativity.

One of the blessings and therapeutic endeavors of going to a museum is the energy there. Yes! Creativity, through art, are healing elixirs for the mind, body, and Spirit. The energy restores you. You feel elevated, relaxed, and re-fueled when you enter into museums. Toxic energy, negative energy is released. There is a cleansing, which takes place. Excitement and having one’s vision being blessed with exhibitions or displays pleasing to the eye, allows one to know what it means to experience artistic ecstasy.

(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By Attendee and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

What corporations should also understand is how employees are also shaping and re-fueling the energy with the workplace when they go to visit museums. Their minds are always being stimulated, sustained, and re-cycled. Employees can become more insightful. Inquiries happen. Questions take place. These mental exercises give them the capabilities to apply these same techniques when they return to the office. Whether it be that new project they are working on, OR a strategy that fellow teammates have failed to get right. Going to a museum (or other artistic domains) can be the perfect anecdote in finding that solution. Its one of the numerous ways, and resources, of being able to grapple with the stresses that come with working in the corporate world. A venture to these creative and artistic endeavors elevates these corporate spaces and entities. From an individualistic, robotic way of working to one that elevates employees and corporations to a higher dimension. Seeing these myriad of ways in which their careers or businesses can flourish, by ensuring employees are consistently going on a mental regeneration. It is healthy and stimulating! It is one of many perfect ways to sustain mental health and wellness in the environments, that are struggling to do so.

Another key factor for corporations to send their employees to the museum is that in addition to bringing that euphoric energy back to office spacing, they can also channel that among themselves. Just think about how many office conflicts are solved because colleagues remembered not to take life so seriously. This happening after visiting a fun-filled museum for leisure, play, and stress relief. Reflect on how co-workers, and even management, learn about their colleagues by going to a museum. Viewing them as people with their own interests and personalities. Seeing the life within each other. It’s amazing! These experiences give a whole new meaning to work. Transforming the work experience into another way of living; rather than simply. . .working. Existing for the work.

Going to the Birmingham Museum of Art with my father was a re-lived chapter, from two years, prior. As an adult, I felt the inner kid return, again. There is something about childhood, and children, which reminds grown folks on the power of appreciating those artistic wonders. Appreciating and engaging with them. Curiosity. Seeing the invisible, while applying that to the reality. It is a real treat! Inquiring minds of childhood have mastered this endeavor. I think its time for workinfolk” to return to that special place, when the world was our oyster. Who says that we have to leave it behind? We can still bring that world with us, even as we enter into that place of bills, responsibilities, and having to stand on our own. In fact, it would be wise for us to carry these principles with us. Whenever we are fatigued, or on the verge of burning out, its childhood wonders that come to our rescue. So, let’s not throw them away. On the contrary, exhibit and position them on our office spacing. That way, when we feel ourselves getting down, we can step away and go for a walk to areas where they are celebrated. Enter into the museum. Have a seat, glare, and soak up that good energy. Or you can frolic around, from display to display, and enjoy the magical time, of countless days in the museum!

(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph and Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

For more information on the Birmingham Museum Of Art, click on the following link: https://www.artsbma.org

Notice: All photos in the article are not for commercial uses, but for the sole purpose of the article.

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