New Delhi: World Art Day is celebrated on April 15 every year. This day was declared by the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), a partner of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in order to promote awareness of international celebration of fine arts.
Art has always been a powerful medium of expression and exploring emotions. World Art Day was proclaimed at the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2019. On World Art Day, in a message, Audrey Azoulay, the Director General of UNESCO said, ” Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing: these are the powers of art, the importance of which has been made emphatically obvious during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic”.
”With hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by the virus and billions more either in lockdown or battling the pandemic on the front lines, this World Art Day is a timely reminder that art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis”.
As we mark World Art Day amidst a global pandemic, join me in thanking artists around the world for continuing to be a source of inspiration, solace, and connection,” tweeted UN Secretary General Antonia Gurterras.
Art is one of the most powerful ways we can express our humanity and forge bonds with one another.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 15, 2021
UNESCO encourages ”everyone to join various activities such as debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and presentations or exhibitions” online on this day. World Art Day is celebrated on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday in order to honour the artist. According to IAA, Da Vinci was chosen as a symbol of world peace and freedom of expression.
World Art Day 2021’s theme is set by IAA/USA (International Association of Art/USA). This year the art will be celebrated from homes by connecting with other artists on Facebook and Instagram creating unique ways of exhibiting and promoting the arts.
In times of crisis, we need culture & artists more than ever.
🎨 On Thursday's #WorldArtDay, join us in recognizing how art is helping people around the world cope with the pandemic.
— United Nations (@UN) April 15, 2021
United Nations tweeted, ”In times of crisis, we need culture & artists more than ever. On Thursday’s #WorldArtDay, join us in recognizing how art is helping people around the world cope with the pandemic”.