An Annual Celebration of the Arts
International Artist Day began in 2004 to recognize and honor the valuable and uniquely rich contributions artists make to society. IAD is celebrated annually on October 25th as a tribute to Pablo Picasso on his birthday. On this date, all over the world, festivals and events are held to promote art and artists across all disciplines. It is a day to support local artists, to elevate their visibility and to express gratitude for the many ways that art in all its forms brings creativity, inspiration, and enlightenment to our daily lives.
For the arts to survive, we must all do our part EVERY DAY to ensure the continuation and growth of art – the fine thread that weaves thousands of years of history, community and cultures together.
Supporting the Arts During COVID
Making a living as a professional artist is a challenge in the best of times. During the pandemic, it has become far more difficult. As artists and arts organizations pivot and plan how to overcome the enormous obstacle of promoting art with limited or no live audiences, there are a few things we can all do to make a difference and celebrate the arts daily:
- Stay current with the creative initiatives that are taking place in your local art communities and in the greater art world online.
- Spread the word using your own social media network.
- Actively and enthusiastically support these art initiatives by:
- attending an online event – exhibit—opening-live show- concert etc.
- taking an online class
- purchasing art from an artist online
- buying art gift certificates
- purchasing gifts from online holiday marketplaces/shops
- donating to an arts organization
It all starts with making a commitment to establishing or elevating your online presence. Your art and your business are a direct reflection of you – a professional artist. Your website, social media and online connections must be current, compelling and easy to find. Take the time right now to:
- Search online for your name or the name of your arts organization and make sure that it can be found in seconds – with as few clicks as possible.
- Check to see that the information that pops up accurately reflects your art and your message.
- Update your website with links to relevant current events to increase views.
- Increase your social media presence.
- Participate in online holiday marketplaces, shops and festivals.
- Join online groups, communities and meet-ups to share resources and ideas.