Art Day

International Art Day : A Holiday for the ArtsArtists for A Better World International member, Becky Mate, is the founder of an international “Holiday For The Arts” as well as for artists themselves of all disciplines.  The holiday is aptly called Art Day.

This holiday falls annually on the second Friday in August.

Since 1998, Mate has tirelessly inspired and encouraged others to spread the word about this holiday to artists and art enthusiasts around the globe

The result has been a growing number Art Day celebrations with each passing year.

Art Day is the perfect time to celebrate creativity and bring joy to others:

  • Draw a picture
  • Compose a song
  • Write a poem or story
  • Paint
  • Have a party!

Additionally, give a card, photo, music CD, poem, story or anything creative to someone else.

In short, Art Day is about bringing a smile to others and forwarding the concept of creating a better world though aesthetics.

Although Art Day was formulated around a particular date to celebrate creativity, ideally, one would forward creativity all year round. Art Day helps to call attention to its importance.

What do you think about having a day dedicated to artists?

What would you commit to doing on such a day to show your support for artists and the arts?

Click “Contact” and email your thoughts.

Art Day 2014 Photography Celebration

Art Day GamesWe hope you have a Happy Art Day on the second Friday in August. This year it is 8-8-14!

One of the global activities that AFABW is sponsoring this year is the Photography Celebration of the Art Day Games (like the Olympics, but for the arts.)

Accordingly, the Art Day Games are played for the country where you live, or were born or where a parent was born. In 2013, Ireland won the Gold for the Short Script Competition of the Art Day Games. The year before, Sweden won the Bronze in the Poetry Competition and India excelled in the Painting Competition.

Each participant will win either a very small monetary prize or an arts-related prize. The Gold, Bronze and Silver status will go to the top picks, who will be featured on the AFABW website.

If you’d like to participate in the Photography Competition, simply do the following:

1. The theme of the first Photography Competition of the Art Day Games is “Celebrate Local Beauty.”

2. Send up to three photos in digital form to

3. Include your name, email and address and the COUNTRY you are playing for.

4. Deadline: 5pm on August 8, 2014 (Pacific Time)

Grab your cameras or cell phones, and let the Art Day Games begin!!!

For more information, email Becky Mate by visiting “Contact