Coloring can help reduce stress in all ages. Check out these online resources, such as #ColorOurCollections, for free, downloadable coloring pages.

By Ginger Crichton
March 27, 2020
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If you’re overwhelmed by coronavirus news, coloring can help lower your stress and anxiety. Coloring encourages you to focus on the present as you engage in a low-cost activity you can do practically anywhere.

Minnesota-based illustrator Aimee Bouchard recently made free coloring downloads available on her website. If people want to make a donation, she will give half the proceeds to the Walker Area Food Shelf.

Michigan fans will appreciate the downloads available on Michigan Awesome's website.

For adults, one of the best sources for free, printable coloring pages is #ColorOurCollections, a project by the New York Academy of Medicine that shares images from cultural institutions around the world.

Midwest institutions that participate include:

• UW Milwaukee Special Collections, which features botanical, insect and other drawings.

• The Cleveland Public Library, with a fanciful drawing for the library’s Lewis Carroll Room:

• Grand Portage National Monument Archives Collection; one sketch shows the monument's canoe warehouse:

• The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center in Davenport, Iowa; a downloadable coloring book features the art of Patrick J. Costello, an Omaha native who graduated from Davenport High School and later worked as a designer and illustrator for Davenport publications.

For kids, printable coloring pages often are available from the websites of children’s museums, such as The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provides coloring pages of their mascot, Hubert the Hedgehog.

Duluth, Minnesota, seems to be a center of coloring creativity—find downloadable coloring pages of local attractions here and here.

VisitIndy also has its own coloring book, downloadable here.

Madison, Wisconsin, has coloring sheets of city attractions as well as step-by-step instructions for how to sketch local buildings like Monona Terrace and the capitol here.

Know of more Midwest coloring page resources? Send us a message on our social media! And if you download any of the pages above, be sure to post your finished creations online with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.