SAM Body + Mind 2024 @ Olympic Sculpture Park

Cure the winter blues 🧘‍♀️

📸: Seattle Art Museum

📆 First + Third Saturdays | Up Next: February 3rd + 17th
🎟 Free, with RSVP for evening performances
📍 Olympic Sculpture Park Paccar Pavilion: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle

Looking at visual art involves using the mind—our eyes flit around each piece, taking in its colors, subjects, textures, and meanings. But art also has a deep connection to the body, encouraging us to regulate our breathing, use our senses, and be present in the moment. 

In the spirit of this body and mind connection, the Seattle Art Museum has put together an event series of movement, performances, and art at the Olympic Sculpture Park’s Paccar Pavilion every first and third Saturday during the winter months. Called SAM Body and Mind, the free event allows you to coax yourself out of the cold doldrums and into a space where you can do downward dog within spitting distance of a Richard Serra sculpture. (Don’t actually spit, please.)

At the next event on February 3rd, art organization Floating has programmed an evening of laid-back jazz. Snack on food from Shooby Doo Catering while listening to the moody synth-scapes of keyboardist Noel Brass Jr., the beautiful voice and tones from singer and trombonist Kalia Vandever, and the innovative work of sound artist Jonathan Warman.

The February 17th event begins earlier in the day, with a 60-minute Vinyasa flow from Take Care Yoga. Get there early to guarantee yourself a spot. Afterward, do some art therapy with Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute while Shelby Natasha performs her eclectic mix of lo-fi R&B and Chinese folk songs. For those looking to make a dent in their reading list, Silent Book Club West Seattle is on-site with a quiet pop-up, with the entire day ending with a sound bowl performance from Biōm

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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.