Happy Labour Day

Image: Edna Manley – The Diggers, 1936 (detail)

Happy Labour Day from the National Gallery of Jamaica. The theme for 2023 is ‘Plant a Tree for Life: Promoting Climate Change Mitigation, Food Security and Road Safety’ and though we may not all have the space to plant a tree, there’s always room for home gardening—house plants included—community building or practising road safety today.


Happy International Museums Day

This year the theme for International Museum Day is “Museums, Sustainability and Well-being”.

Museums provide visitors with the opportunity to view and engage with art or artefacts in a way that stimulates them both visually and mentally. It is an immersive space that can pull visitors into another world, evoke emotions and encourage new thoughts or ideas. The space allows visitors a moment of relaxation and has been shown to reduce cortisol levels. In fact, viewing artwork has been linked to a 10% increase of blood flow to the brain, indicating the promotion of positive emotions.

So if you aren’t quite feeling 100% consider visiting a museum and engaging with artwork. What thoughts or ideas get brought to mind? How does the artwork or the space make you feel? Does a specific work resonate with you?