To reinforce and encourage the benefits of everyday creativity, Derby Museums are teaming up with 64 Million Artists, a national campaign that is working to unlock the potential of everyone in the UK through creativity. As a Happy Museum Derby Museums, are committed to creating the conditions for wellbeing in our venues and for January the whole team are pledging to treat ourselves to ten minutes of creativity each day.
In January 2017, 64 Million Artists have launched their annual January Challenge – a fun, free programme of creative tasks and challenges that will be released every day in January, designed to give you a fresh, creative approach to the New Year.
This is the third year of the programme and people are being invited to take part in groups or pairs, getting involved with workmates, families or just getting together a group of friends. Every day participants will get a challenge by email, or can follow the programme on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The challenges will range from drawing, singing, dancing, writing, exploring, cooking, looking and making.
Andrea Hadley-Johnson, Co-production and Engagement Manager at Derby Museums said:
“I’m delighted that we have this opportunity to encourage acts of ‘everyday creativity’ by taking part in this playful January challenge. At Derby Museums we aim to foster a spirit of creative experimentation and this initiative has inspired us greatly. We aim to support one another in making time for some creative thinking and doing and hopefully the will entice our audiences to join us too”
Jo Hunter, Co-founder and Director of 64 Million Artists said:
“We are thrilled that Derby Museums are taking part in the 64 Million Artists’ January Challenge. This is our third year of running the programme and the first where we’ve encouraged people to get involved in groups. We believe that by doing, thinking about and sharing creativity with your friends, colleagues or family it helps you be better connected, more present and get more out of your day. Derby Museums are a shining example of a cultural organisation who really understand the importance of everyday creativity in their team, their community and in the work they do.”
The challenge is based on the 64 Million Artists’ methodology of Do, Think, Share.
For each challenge, participants will be encouraged to:
Do the challenge – each one is designed to take only 10-15 minutes, be completely free to complete and use only your imagination or any materials you might have around you.
Think about what it was like – reflect on how it made you feel, whether it was easy or difficult, whether they might do something different next time.
Share either their thoughts or what they’ve done with the group they are participating with – in person, through Whatsapp or a Facebook group, or more widely on social media on the 64 Million Artists website or on our social media pages.