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Georgia Museum of Art hosts “Yoga in the Galleries” The Georgia Museum of Art seeks to address the stress of college with its “Yoga in the Galleries” program hosted on the third Thursday of every month. The next yoga session at the GMOA is Thursday in one of its exhibition halls. 5 Points Yoga instructors will lead participants in an hour-long session, which starts at 6 p.m. The program is part of the GMOA’s community outreach initiatives. “Yoga in the Galleries” aims to promote mindfulness and provide unique ways for the Athens community to engage with art, according to Hillary Brown, director of communications for the GMOA. Brown said she believes the program expands on the mission statement of the museum, which involves collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art. “We’re providing ways for people to interpret the art on their own … this more open-ended way of looking at things,” she said. The event gives participants a chance to view the art on display for an extended period of time. The average museum-goer only looks at art for 15-30 seconds, according to data found by museum researchers. “[Yoga in the galleries] relates to the slow looking movement that’s really big right now, where you’re not just whipping through things, but you’re really taking time to look at it,” said Brown. “Museum Mix”, an event featuring a DJ and adult beverages, will take place after yoga at 7 p.m. Yoga participants can stay for that event. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the decks and lots surrounding the museum. Participants are encouraged to park in the Performing Arts Center deck, located adjacent to the museum. The Georgia Museum of Art will also host “Morning Mindfulness” the following Friday for those looking for additional relaxation. Admission to all events is free.

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