April 15, 2021 2:10:46 pm
World Art Day, observed on April 15, was declared by the International Association of Art (IAA), a partner of Unesco, to promote awareness about fine arts worldwide.
The day was celebrated for the first time in 2012 after IAA put forward a proposal during its 17th General Assembly in Guadalajara, a metropolis in western Mexico, to declare April 15 as World Art Day. The date was chosen in honour of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. Da Vinci is a testament to the influence of fine arts on other fields and is regarded as a symbol of peace, freedom of expression and brotherhood.
The first World Art Day was reportedly supported by 150 artists from France, Sweden, Slovakia, South Africa and Venezuela, among others. On this day, special events like outdoor art exhibitions and cooking demonstrations were held.
“Each year, on 15 April, World Art Day celebrations help reinforce the links between artistic creations and society, encourage greater awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions and highlight the contribution of artists to sustainable development. It is also an occasion to shine a light on arts education in schools, as culture can pave the way for inclusive and equitable education,” Unesco mentions on its official website.
On this day, enthusiasts have geared up to celebrate the occasion by exhibiting and sharing art in a virtual way amid the pandemic.
On this occasion, here’s what netizens shared:
— Kartik (@iamkartik93) April 15, 2021
Wishing you a very Happy World Art Day
Art nurtures creativity, innovation and cultural diversity for all peoples across the globe and plays an important role in sharing knowledge and encouraging curiosity and dialogue.
Atelier Contemporary#WorldArtDay2021 #ateliercontemporary pic.twitter.com/3kLslAdYOB
— Atelier Contemporary (@AtelierContemp1) April 14, 2021
Happy World Art Day !
Art is one of the most powerful ways we can express our humanity & bond with one another. Today as we celebrate #WorldArtDay let’s thank all our artists around the world for continuing to be a source of inspiration, solace & connection.
— Shripad Y. Naik (@shripadynaik) April 15, 2021
Happy ‘World Art Day’ folks! Celebrating this fantastic medium we call art with all those amazing creatives out there, keep doing what you do and spreading the love through your art and creativity ❤️#worldartday #elephant #artist #creative #celebrate #art pic.twitter.com/wnjbz32KeD
— Richard Symonds (@richwildart) April 15, 2021
How are you celebrating World Art Day?
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