Art Day

Artists for A Better World International member, Becky Mate, founded an international holiday for the Arts in 1998, aptly called Art Day.

This holiday falls annually on the 15th of April, the same day as Leonardo DaVinci’s birth (1452).

Since 1998, Mate has 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.

For many years the holiday was celebrated on the second Friday in August.  In 2017, Mate announced the move of the holiday from August to April 15th, in a gesture of solidarity with a like-minded group that established World Art Day on Davinci’s birthday.

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?

For more information, email Becky Mate by visiting “Contact


by Becky Mate

You’re invited to The Great Art Trade.

It has long been my philosophy that businesses have an obligation to lend support to the arts. The arts uplift people, and that is good for business.

To highlight the value of the artists and arts of all disciplines, I founded international Art Day in 1998. It was celebrated at the grassroots level, with local Mayors proclaiming it in Glendale, CA. Word spread to other states and countries.

When I sought a proclamation in 2012 from LA City Council, a like-minded group had beat me to it. World Art Day, an international celebration of the fine arts, was declared by the International Association of Art (IAA, a group connected to the United Nations) in order to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. They chose Leonardo DaVinci’s birthday as the annual date (April 15th.)

So, in solidarity, I moved my 20th Art Day to the same date, April 15th. As a businessperson, I will promote this holiday for the arts with a SALE!

I traditionally hold an informal, community open mic (without the mic) for storytellers, poets, etc., and welcome artists to display their works in my yard on World Art Day. I have a Kids Table for creating art of the child’s choosing.

This year, I’m also holding THE GREAT ART TRADE. Those who bring a painting, a poetry book, a short story, woodwork, a CD, etc, can trade it in for art by another.

You’re invited to participate with your art form, or as an audience, or come support the arts holiday by purchasing art, super-soft bed sheets or women’s apparel.

(Note that art sent in from other countries can neither be traded nor returned. But you are welcome to hold your own World Art Day celebration with displays and trades and whatever you want to create.)

Text 818-692-2333 for address in Sunland, CA, USA, 2pm-7pm, Sunday, April 15, 2018.
HAPPY WORLD ART DAY! (Have you had your art today?)