World Art Day 2023

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Even now, if the great philosophers were to come back from the dead, would fall short of words on describing and/or defining the essence of what “art” means. Everyone has their definition and interpretation of art. Did that particular lyric from a song inspire you? That’s art. Did the taste of that particular dish change your perception of an entire food? That’s art. While it’s hard to ascertain the experience of art in words, World Art Day is celebrated every year on April 15, to promote the development and appreciation of art. This blog aims to share insights into the day, with its significance and a lot more. Read on! 

The History of World Art Day in a Timeline 

Let’s start the blog with a glimpse of the history of World Art Day. This is shared through a brief yet concise timeline of how World Art Day came into formation. Check out the information provided in the table below. 

1948  During this year, the birth of the International Association of Art took place in Beirut.
1954 After a few years, the International Association of Art or I.A.A. became an organisation with independence, while becoming a UNESCO partner. 
2012  I.A.A.put a proposal to name April 15 as World Art Day, being accepted by UN General Assembly. The date was in honour of the birthday of the creator of ‘The Mona Lisa’, Leonardo da Vinci. 
First World Art Day took place in Guadalajara.
2013 World Art Day moved to South Africa where it is celebrated by Mbombela municipal art museum.
Present  World Art Day continues to be celebrated via conventions, museums, etc, throughout the world. 

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Significance of World Art Day 

The significance of this day can be interpreted by the simple fact that it was decided to be held every year on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. From I.A.A’s perspective, the famous artist has become a symbol of freedom of expression, tolerance, peace, brotherhood, creativity and innovation.

Taking the same into consideration, let’s go through some of the pointers that speak of the day’s significance. 

  1. It helps unite people through the medium of art, irrespective of their gender, race, sex, creed, etc. 
  2. It promotes shared experiences of people from different communities and heritages through the collective record, representation, and experience of art. 
  3. The significance of cultural diversity is celebrated through this day, promoting creativity and innovation in artists. 
  4. Artistic freedom is brought to the forefront on this day, creating an environment of inclusivity and protection for artists. 
  5. Furthermore, awareness of the various contributions made by artists in society is shared amongst people, with special celebrations of the variety of artistic expression.

Importance of Art 

After everything is said and done, what exactly is the purpose of art? Why is it considered important enough to celebrate a day after the same? 

  1. Art brings people together. In a way that removes all sorts of prejudice, racial barriers, boundaries, and hatred in the world. 
  2. Art promotes the development of creativity, which only develops the growth of emotional intelligence in people. 
  3. Art is a medium of expression. It is moreover used in professional sessions of therapy for people to express themselves, finding catharsis in art. 
  4. Art further improves the practical skills of people such as critical thinking, problem-solving, coordination, and more. 
  5. While art helps improve the holistic health of an individual, it also improves their various perceptions of the world. 

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How to Celebrate World Art Day? 

Once April 15 arrives, and the day is here to be celebrated, how can you observe the occasion? Some ways are recommended below. 

  1. Take this opportunity to resume your love for art. Draw a sketch, come up with a painting, write poetry, or take some photographs. 
  2. Sign up for an art class, or attend an event involving inspiration and a blank canvas. 
  3. Do your research and read about world-renowned artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keefe.
  4. Make plans to go visit a local art gallery or a museum. 
  5. Schedule a movie date with yourself and watch an art movie such as Frida, or Mona Lisa Smile. 

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When is World Art Day celebrated? 

World Art Day is celebrated on April 15 every year. 

Why is World Art Day on April 15? 

World Art Day is celebrated on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, which is on April 15.

Who created World Art Day?

The International Association of Art or I.A.A. came up with the declaration of World Art Day. 

So, what do you say, does art interest you? Celebrate this day with creative expression and freedom! For more such interesting blogs, stay tuned to Wings by Leverage Edu.

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