Wednesday Keynote: Mindfulness in Art

Offered by:
  • 1 Plan: 3 Falls
  • Portland Museum of Art
  • Meghan Quigley Grahan, Associate Educator for Youth Learning at the Portland Museum of Art
None required
  • Teachers
  • Other Educators

Short description:

Please bring a writing utensil and something to write on.  

Begin your day by looking at artwork! Artwork can be a conversation starter, a creative new way to look at things or gain new perspectives, a connection with others or yourself on a new level, and so much more. In this keynote session, we will focus on using mindfulness, specifically the idea of the Beginner’s Mind, to explore artwork.

About the Speaker:

Meghan Quigley Graham, Associate Educator for Youth Learning, Portland Museum of Art

Using art as a springboard, Meghan enjoys facilitating engaging conversations and meaningful interactions. Most of Meghan’s experience in museums focuses on youth engagement and empowerment, but she loves connecting people of all ages with artwork. Recently, Meghan began working with medical professionals using artwork to hone close looking skills, empathy, and to instill a practice of slowing down and leaning into joy and gratitude. Her practice as an educator is informed by social-emotional learning, social justice lenses, honoring that multiple truths exist, and cultivating empathy and compassion.

Before her current role, Meghan worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Currently, Meghan oversees youth learning in many capacities at the PMA including creating and maintaining partnerships with educators and their students, programming events for families, and developing a new remote learning initiative, PMA Classroom.