Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Stop and Smell the Art

Kyle Berg

Something special will happen at the end of the month. No, I’m not referring to Union College payday, but rather a unique holiday. Mark your calendars on January 31 for Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

Yahoo defines art as “The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words”. With this definition in mind, to enjoy Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, here’s a list of artsy events happening right here in Lincoln that will inspire your own heart.

If transportation is a problem, look no further than the beautiful paintings in Engel Hall and the various artistic expressions of the McClelland Art Gallery in the Ortner Center. Julie McCullough will have her fabric dolls on display that day, so don’t be afraid to stop by and check it out. Taking extra time to stop and look at these pieces rather than rushing by on your way to lunch might benefit you more than you think.

If portraits, landscapes, and sculptures are not your thing, try catching a play at the Lincoln Play House on 56th Street. The play being performed is the comedy thriller The Game’s Afoot with ticket prices at $15 for students and $25 for adults.

Other events include:

Editor’s note: Lists of more events can be found here and here.

Remember that “art” does not have to be a painting, though those are certainly inspiring. As you can see from the list above, art comes in all forms. Art can be a movie, a book, a poem or a song. It could be a sculpture, a tone of speaking or your personal fashion. The art that inspires your heart allows you to feel something. In a world of books and studying, now is the best time to find some art to stretch your artistic comfort zone and inspire you in the coming semester.

Overall, there are several ways to take advantage of this wonderful holiday, so don’t waste it watching Netflix and putting off homework. Go out with a friend, question and ponder what you see, and revitalize your right brain. Perhaps you’ll even create something of your own to celebrate the day.

Kyle is a senior studying language arts education.