Denver Arts & Venues calls for local artists to delight and surprise Denver residents, and create positive connections through art by committing to participate in World Art Drop Day Tuesday, Sept. 5.
World Art Drop Day occurs annually on the first Tuesday of September and was conceived by Utah’s Jake Parker with the goal of connecting people to one another, and generating random bonds between strangers through the act of creating and giving.
“Especially now, a project like this can generate so much positive energy, drawing people together through art,” says Kent Rice, Denver Arts & Venues director.
Participation is simple: first, artists commit to participate by filling out the online form and creating a small, inexpensive piece or two to share on Art Drop Day. Then, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, they hide their art around town. Next, they drop hints and clues on social media so people can find the hidden works, and finally the artists watch and wait for someone to discover their creations. The public can participate in the fun and search for art by following #artdropday and #artdropdenver on social media.
“It doesn’t just have to be visual art and you don’t have to be a professional artist,” says Denver Arts & Venues organizer Brooke Dilling. “Musicians can drop CDs, textile artists can drop knit scarves, soap-makers can drop a bar, paper-makers can drop a journa. If you’ve got a talent of some sort, even if you just consider yourself an amateur doodler, you can participate.”
In addition to hiding mini replicas of Lawrence Argent’s “I See What You Mean” (colloquially known as the Big Blue Bear at Colorado Convention Center) and dropping clues on Facebook.com/DenverArtsVenues and twitter.com/DenverArts, Denver Arts & Venues has partnered with VSA Colorado/Access Gallery to hide artworks from the Art-O-Mat program. Art-O-Mat artworks are original, pocket-sized pieces created by participants of VSA Colorado/Access Gallery’s summer Artworks program, a program supporting young people with disabilities transitioning out of high school by providing economic opportunities through the arts.
There is no deadline for artists who wish to participate in Art Drop Denver. More information can be found on ArtsandVenues.com.
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