The International Association of Art held its 17th General Assembly in Guadalajara where a proposal to make April 15 World Art Day was discussed. The proposal was accepted universally by the General Assembly with the first celebrations held in 2012.
April 15 was decided upon as an honorary marker for the birthday of Italian virtuoso Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was chosen to symbolize freedom of expression, tolerance and also art’s important contributions to other fields.
World Art Day seeks to celebrate the lushness of art and to promote awareness of all creative activity. Art is a vital aspect of our everyday live; as a medium of self-expression, it is virtually unparalleled. From painting to music, dance, and sculpting our lives... These are all inextricably entwined with the arts.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls – Pablo Picasso.
Art is the purest manifestation of human emotion; it seeks to look beyond the surface to see what lies within. Aristotle said it best: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
Art brings people together in a way that nothing else can completely do. It rises above language, religion, class, and gender to unite people to one central idea. It is the subtle foundation of our lives and as such needs to be celebrated.The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude – Friedrich Nietzsche. Click To Tweet
As a result of the current corona-virus lock-down, this year’s festivities would be approached in a new virtual way. Artists are encouraged to create virtual projects in any form and create unique ways of exhibiting and promoting the arts while indoors.
So, take time out today to celebrate the arts; write a poem, write a song, paint, or do whatever comes easy to you. Let’s also support and celebrate the artists around us who make life such a wonderful experience with their work.
See more information on how the world is celebrating World Art Day here.