August 8, 2006 – Glendale, CA: Today, Glendale City Mayor Dave Weaver read the Art Day Proclamation that he authored, and Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian, who championed the Proclamation, presented it to long-time Artists For A Better World International member Becky Mate, who is the Founder of Art Day. The Proclamation was presented at the Glendale City Council meeting, which was also televised.
Since 1998, Mate has been celebrating and promoting Art Day, which is the second Friday in August, as a day for all nations to lay down their tasks and applaud artists.
The Proclamation states in part, “Now, therefore, I, Dave Weaver, Mayor of the City of Glendale, hereby proclaim Friday, August 11, 2006, as ART DAY and encourage everyone to explore the holiday in a way that celebrates the artists who have made the most impact on them.”
It is appropriate that the City of Glendale, the Home of Art Day, be the first to proclaim this arts holiday. Here is what the entire Glendale City Proclamation says:
Whereas, since 1998, the second Friday in August has been dedicated to the arts. Artists of all disciplines have been celebrated at festivals, parties, art gift giving, families doing art together, and greeting card exchanges in Glendale and at locations in North and South America, Europe and Asia; and
Whereas, Art uplifts the people of the world, whether through paintings, plays, poems, stories or songs. All nations benefit by celebrating and supporting the boundless creativity of artists; and
Whereas, Art Day is a day for helping artists all over the world by purchasing their work or just letting them know you appreciate what they do; and
Whereas, the arts play a vital role in the creation and enhancement of culture, and Art Day symbolizes a milestone in the validation and recognition of the arts in the City of Glendale setting a great example for other cities to follow; and
Whereas, Glendale is the home of Art Day, a holiday dedicated to scientific advancements, enlightenments, knowledge, creativity, imagination, cultural interchanges and dreams that come from cultures rich in the arts;
Now, therefore, I, Dave Weaver, Mayor of the City of Glendale, hereby proclaim Friday, August 11, 2006, as ART DAY and encourage everyone to explore the holiday in a way that celebrates the artists who have made the most impact on them.
Dave Weaver, Mayor
August 8, 2006