all we need is a canvas… | world art day

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February 13, 2012, is World Art Day. In 2010, the United Nations recognized this day and proposed that each country in the world create a national World Art Day project. This year, the theme for World Art Day is “The Arts Heal and Transform.”

The goal of this website is to provide a platform to promote the mission of World Art Day while providing a forum for people to submit artworks created on or around this date. We hope that by creating this site, we can bring attention to the art community and all people who are participating in creating art, as well as inspire others to do so.

We believe that all we need is a canvas and an idea to change the world.

art is such a powerful weapon that even the most despotic ruler doesn’t dare to ban it, but instead of art being an instrument of freedom, it has become a tool for state propaganda. all we need is a canvas and paint, and we can express anything. whether it’s our deepest emotions or a political statement…

it’s hard to know where to begin. with so many people seeing their own creativity as worthless and useless, it’s hard to find enough people willing to help out. there are so many different kinds of art, and i’m sure everyone will find something they like.

What if the whole world used their talent to create a piece of art? What if we used our creativity to celebrate the gift of creativity?

Let’s try this. Since today is World Art Day, why don’t you use your talent to create a piece of art and post it HERE. We would love to see what you have to offer.

Have fun and please tell us about it!

World Art Day is a celebration of art and artists, with the purpose of bringing artists and their admirers together. Artists can be of any age and from anywhere in the world. World Art Day is also a way to draw attention to the role that art plays in our lives on a daily basis, as well as a way to educate people about how art impacts us. The goal of World Art Day is to provide an opportunity for artists and art lovers to connect, promote art education, and celebrate the power of the arts.

The project is organized by Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), an Irish organisation that has been working with visual artists since 1981. VAI aims to promote the best of contemporary Irish visual arts practices, which includes providing an extensive range of services to individual artists and organisations as well as promoting Irish visual arts on an international level.

World Art Day is open to all forms of art and will last for one month.” |** **The mission statement above was written with input from members of Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) who are supporting the project.

Name:  A Tale Of Three Cities* (London, Paris, Rome)

World Art Day is an opportunity to celebrate art and artists in every corner of the globe. The vision behind World Art Day is to bring together people across the world who are passionate about art and to help raise awareness for local and international artistic communities.

World Art Day would be a yearly event held on the same date each year and would focus on a particular theme. The aim is to concentrate and celebrate each day’s chosen theme through events such as exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposiums and other relevant activities.

The theme for World Art Day 2013 will be “Artist as Curator” . The aim of this theme is to encourage artists all around the world to discover, promote and exhibit art by other artists from anywhere in the world.

The idea that the arts are a luxury, something we have to choose between funding and other priorities, is one that I reject. The arts—music, theater, dance, film, literature—are not a frill or a hobby. They are essential to who we are as a nation and as individuals. They help define our culture, give voice to our experiences, explore our collective history, celebrate our diversity and unite us across divides of race and class and age.

The arts teach us that human talent is universal; the arts teach us that talent knows no limits; the arts teach us that everyone can create. They transform the ordinary into something sublime. The arts ignite our imaginations and feed our souls.

Museums tell stories about who we are; symphonies celebrate who we can be; theaters remind us of all that’s best in each of us as citizens and as human beings. When you invest in the arts, you invest in your future. As Lincoln said at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg in 1863: “It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

Yes, it is appropriate on this day that we pause to remember

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