INTERNATIONAL ARTIST’S DAY
International Artist’s Day on October 25th honors artists and all the contributions they make. The day also celebrates one of the most famous artists, Pablo Picasso. The Spanish artist was born on October 25th, 1881.
Artists work hard to create their work. They add beauty to the world around us. Most artists work with many different mediums. Not only that, but the word artist encompasses painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, actors, digital artists, and more. When one is born with a creative gift, that creativity flows into many different areas. For example, Picasso was a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, poet, and playwright.
Art came about long before written works. Since the beginning of time, art has communicated ideas and kept records of important events. Art offers a connection to the past. Artists record our history, indelibly. They also unearth truths. Through their work, they tell stories and pass on traditions. Artists have a unique way of connecting to the people around them. In a world full of bad news, one of their most important roles is to offer messages of hope.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalArtistsDay
Several organizations around the world support international Artist’s Day. Some of these include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, National Galleries of Scotland, Jerusalem Foundation, and several others. To celebrate local artists, many cities, such as White Rock, British Columbia, and San Miguel, Spain, host fine arts festivals. Galleries around the world host open houses and invite the public to view their art for free or at a discounted price.
To participate in International Artist’s Day:
- Do an online quiz to determine what kind of artist you are
- Take a starving artist out for lunch
- Buy a new painting for your home
- Visit an art gallery
- Attend the symphony
- Sign up for art classes
- Start writing that book
- Learn how to play a musical instrument
- Enter a talent show competition
- Support your local artists
- Encourage a child who has the gift of creativity
- Put together a scrapbook
Creativity is all around you, which means this is a day you can Celebrate Every Day®. Just taking a photograph with your phone is a form of art. No matter what you do to celebrate, share this day on social media with #InternationalArtistsDay.
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST’S DAY HISTORY
Canadian artist, Chris MacClure started International Artist’s Day in 2004. Since then, October 25th has been a day dedicated to celebrating all the contributions artists have given to society.