I received an email today with what I consider to be a remarkable and very forward-thinking gesture by an art museum: a virtual “care package” sent by The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its effect on society – here and around the world.

How does a museum create a “care package?” I think this is pure genius, and incredible outreach showing compassion and concern for the well-being of us all: the Rubin Care Package is titled “Art and Practices for Navigating Our World,” and includes topics such as taking refuge, becoming fearless, embracing instability, harnessing our emotions, and controlling our breath. There are links to articles, links to videos, and a wealth of additional content (including audio meditations via Soundcloud) to help us step back from the insanity of everyday news and find some moments of calm and peace.

Please note: the museum is temporarily closed until further notice.

Francesco Clemente exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art
A personal photo from inside the Rubin Museum of Art at a Francesco Clemente exhibition several years ago.

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