“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
—Pablo Picasso (Málaga, Spain 1881-1973 Mougins, France)
October 25 is worldwide International Artist’s Day and the month of October is National Arts & Humanities Month in the US. Canadian painter Chris MacClure established International Artist’s Day in 2004 to celebrate the contribution artists make to the human experience. Americans for the Arts designated October as National Arts & Humanities Month over thirty years ago.
October 25th is also, quite fittingly, the birthday of one of the most famous artists of all times, Pablo Picasso who was born on this day in 1881. I love the Picasso quote above because it reminds me of the importance of art—not just to beautify our homes, but also to challenge us, and even to help us heal.
I recently had lunch with a friend at the Arizona Biltmore, and wandered through an art exhibit by children who had suffered some sort of trauma such as abuse or homelessness. Research shows that art can be a hugely therapeutic outlet. The resilience and positivity that these kids displayed through their work was amazing.
Here are a few suggestions of ways to celebrate International Artists’ Day and National Arts & Humanities Month:
- Send an e-mail or on-line comment to a contemporary artist telling them why you like their work, even if you can’t afford to buy it. Everyone needs encouragement!
- Support local artists. We had a group of painters here at the Farm today painting the colorful autumnal countryside.
- Make art yourself! Take and share a photo. There are so many cool creative apps you can use.
- Support therapeutic art programs such as Free Arts. Click here to donate. https://www.freeartsaz.org/donate/
- Visit a museum or art gallery.
- Buy Caticons for a friend or yourself. >^..^<