Why Do We Celebrate World Art Day?

Art is not only appreciated for its aesthetic qualities, but it is also a powerful tool of expression. It is a powerful means for individuals to express their unique perspectives and knowledge in a manner that can both shape and be shaped by future generations. As a result, there exists a direct relationship between collective consciousness and works of art. Art always has a motive behind its creation.


World Art Day is celebrated on April 15 every year to raise awareness about the importance of art and its role in promoting creativity and cultural diversity across the globe. The day was chosen in honor of Leonardo da Vinci's birthday, who is considered one of the greatest artists in history.


The first World Art Day was celebrated in 2012 by the International Association of Art (IAA), an NGO that is associated with UNESCO. The IAA was founded in 1954 in response to the growing need for international cooperation and communication between artists and cultural organizations.


World Art Day

Marita Muukkonen introducing Artists at Risk and its working models (Source: IAA Europe, Facebook)


The main objective of World Art Day is to encourage people to appreciate and participate in various forms of art, such as painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, literature, and film. It is also an opportunity to highlight the value of art education and its positive impact on the development of children and adults.


Art is a dynamic and ever-changing field, with diverse motives and inspirations behind its creation in different regions and periods. For example, the European Renaissance saw a resurgence of interest in classical Greek learning, and artists and writers used mediums such as painting and sculpture to inspire and enlighten the masses. Similarly, post-colonial writers and poets from Africa and India used literature to shed light on the injustices of British and French colonization. In Asia, classical dance forms often showcase religious and spiritual themes unique to their respective regions.


Photo by Regiane Tosatti, Pexels


India, in particular, boasts a rich cultural heritage spanning from ancient cave paintings to contemporary Bollywood films. Our nation should celebrate the value of art for giving the nation a uniquely diverse and profound voice that transcends borders, generations, and time. From the poetry of Sarojini Naidu to the mural art of Kerala and the classical Hindustani music, Indian art forms have been shaping and enriching lives in profound ways. Art has played a significant role in making India stand out as a cultural hub in the world. World Art Day is a small but meaningful initiative to revere these creations and their creators.



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