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 of 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
  • Create and send Mail Art
  • 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?

Visit the following link for past “Art Day Events and Activities.”

For more information, email Becky Mate by visiting “Contact