Art, it has long been said, at least since art and sayings have existed, has a knack for broadening vistas, deepening understanding of all cultures, encouraging imagination, and taking us out of our day-to-day, briefly.
Which makes an opportunity to engage with sculptures and paintings and the chance to create a work of our own all the more important when we find we have an extra few hours in the week.
Those hours, for many Southern Californians, will arrive on Monday, Jan. 16, the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Once again, Target will host a Free Holiday Monday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, meaning you won't need to pay admission to enter the galleries and dream/think/draw away.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Well... The special exhibits will still require a ticket on that day, thus admission, but definitely check out the permanent pieces on view, as well as some of the activities at the Miracle Mile art institution. If you don't want to stroll on your own, but instead crave a tour of some of the museum's best-known paintings, hop on a tour (there are bilingual tours, do note).
Also happening? Flamenco music by Mark Towns around midday and early afternoon — times are here — as well as a "family sketching activity" which'll give your whole crew a chance to exercise your art-making longings.
Hours? It all begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.