As people are continuing to stay home during these final days of Michigan’s “Safer at Home” order, the staff at the Bonifas Arts Center has been working to find ways to bring the arts to people in their homes. The goal is to help bring a sense of normalcy back to people’s lives when so much has been disrupted.
“The arts have a vital role in our lives, and we want to continue to offer classes that entertain our community members, and help inspire them to express their creativity,” said Sue Roll, Executive Director of the Bonifas Arts Center. “We love that people are using this time to learn new things they’ve always wanted to try, whether it’s the arts, music, writing or reading that book they’ve always wanted to read – basically, exploring new creative outlets. Without a doubt, the arts help us through difficult times, and right now, many of us are turning to the arts to calm us and inspire our creativity.”
INSIGHT MEDITATION ONLINE CLASSES
In this stressful time, many of us are looking for ways to do just that –calm ourselves and clear our minds of the worries of day-to-day life. Through Insight Meditation classes at the Bonifas, you can learn to be in the moment. Experienced meditation instructor Gene Schleuter will lead the class.
"You can recognize the very real personal benefits of relaxing and becoming aware of how you feel, as well as the source of your thoughts," Schleuter explained. "It makes you more aware of what's going on in your life, allowing you to take control of your thoughts, rather than having them control you.”
These guided introspective classes are suitable for beginners as well as those with previous meditation experience. These classes will be held on Wednesdays, May 27 and June 3 and 10 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Currently, classes are offered via www.Zoom.us for free! Participants are expected to have Zoom downloaded on their devices and to have a basic understanding of this technology. Call the Bonifas at (906) 786-3833 or e-mail Irina Bruno for more information.
The staff at the Bonifas is committed to continuing to offer high-quality classes to help people stay creative and inspired during this COVID-19 pandemic. Art, after all, has been shown to improve academic performance, sparking creativity and innovation, thus driving the creative industries, tourism and revenue to local businesses. This, in turn, has been shown to strengthen local economies.