Nowadays, the world is becoming more digitized. People also tend to spend more time interacting and conversing in social media sites than engaging in face-to-face communication. While technological advancement effectively boosts convenience in many ways and for numerous tasks, it can also hinder people from having immersive experiences with culture and the arts.
Culture is every society's lifeblood, and it's integrated deeply in a nation's racial roots, history, and forms of entertainment. In addition, culture provides essential social and economic benefits, as well as improve the quality of life of individuals among a community.
If you feel the need to explore various cultures, why not give social media a rest for a couple of days and go on a cultural retreat to revitalize your mind and refresh your perspective? Below, we'll provide you with several simple and fun ways to immerse in cultural arts.
Read a classic literary piece
Reading is an inexpensive way to reach other countries and be exposed to various viewpoints and cultures. You'll also learn valuable information while gaining a better understanding of the past and of people's customs and lifestyle.
For a deeper literary experience, opt for classic novels, short stories, and plays. Some good bets are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. For theatrical plays, try reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, and Antigone by Sophocles.
See a theatrical production
If you want to take your play reading to the next level, why not go beyond the scripts and see the plays as well? Performing arts is an art form that entails expressing a message, opinion, or emotion through a performance. Rather than arts media like paint and canvases in visual arts, performing arts in Minnesota and other states utilize the voice, talent, and skills of artists.
There are multitudes of theaters that you can visit out there. For instance, Minnesota houses over 440 notable theaters and stages. Moreover, Minneapolis has been recognized as the fifth most creatively vital city in the United States by the Western States Arts Federation. If you're going on a vacation in this state, don't forget to explore its magical world of theatrical arts.
Attend a cooking class
Culinary arts is another way to indulge in a specific culture. As you may already know, each country prides itself of distinct delicacies and local flavors that can be traced back to their early histories. Why not try out a certain cuisine like Chinese, Malaysian, French, Italian, or Greek?
Aside from acquiring new cooking techniques and improving your skills, you can also make new friends. Plus, joining a cooking class can effectively bolster your self-esteem and self-gratification.
Visit an art museum
Museums are sacred treasure chests filled with historical items and art pieces. As people say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Accordingly, visual arts are a good way to acquaint your eyes with appealing structures and designs. Paintings and sculptures make use of various factors such as texture, light, and form to convey an artist's message. The best part? Most local museums don't require an entrance fee so you are left with no excuse to not head out to a nearby place.
Culture can be felt and appreciated in a lot of ways. By plunging into arts, you can develop a profound understanding of multiple cultures and foster a more inclusive mindset by seeing yourself as part of a larger global community.