World Art Day, a celebration to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art, was proclaimed at the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2019.
Art nurtures creativity, innovation and cultural diversity for all peoples across the globe and plays an important role in sharing knowledge and encouraging curiosity and dialogue. These are qualities that art has always had, and will always have if we continue to support environments where artists and artistic freedom are promoted and protected. In this way, furthering the development of art also furthers our means to achieve a free and peaceful world.
Each year, on 15 April, World Art Day celebrations help reinforce the links between artistic creations and society, encourage greater awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions and highlight the contribution of artists to sustainable development. It is also an occasion to shine a light on arts education in schools, as culture can pave the way for inclusive and equitable education.
There is much to learn, share and celebrate on World Art Day, and UNESCO encourages everyone to join in through various activities such as debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and presentations or exhibitions.
The Secretary General, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Dr. Evangeline Njoka (MBS), on the occasion of the World Art Day reaffirms KNATCOM’s commitment to strengthening our engagements with arts and culture stakeholders to support promotion of culture and creative industries for peace and sustainable development.
Noting that arts contribute immensely to the socio – economic and wellbeing of society and recognizing the current crisis caused COVID -19 that has rendered many artists jobless including loss of numerous opportunities in the arts sector due to closure of cultural and entertainment spaces, KNATCOM wishes to encourage artists to remain resilient and innovative especially through use of digital tools to create and disseminate their works.
On this special day to Mark World Art Day the Commission calls upon artists to;
Join online Discussions
1.Engage in the interactive online debate on 15 April 2020 from 2pm-4pm (Paris time) 1pm – 3pm Kenya time by asking questions at unesco.org/resiliart-debate
- Encourage fellow artists to follow and engage in the debates
- Post your comments on your social media accounts using #ShareCulture @unesco
Join the ResiliArt movement
- Post a photo or video of you continuing to be creative despite the health crisis
- Write or record a message of ResiliArt to help empower the artist community.
- Tag the post with #ShareCulture @unesco
- Nominate a fellow artist who is ResiliArt
- Post on your social media accounts on (or after) 15 April 2020
Your message may answer – but not limited to – one of the following questions:
o What is your way around social distancing measures to stay creative or keep art accessible?
o What is the biggest obstacle this health crisis has posed for you as a creator?
o What measures could be developed to support artists during this period?
Let’s flood the screens with messages of creative resilience and bring maximum visibility to the challenges artists and creative professionals are facing – and overcoming – in this time of crisis!
What KNATCOM does to Promote Arts and Creativity
- Works closely with government agencies, academia, Non – Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CBOs) and individuals to promote fulfilment of UNESCO’s mission which is to promote building of peace and sustainable development through Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information
- Builds capacities of stakeholders on promotion of culture and creative industries through raising of awareness on UNESCO Culture Conventions and related instruments such as; the 1980 Recommendation Concerning the Status of the Artist.
- Provision of technical support and advice to government both at national
- Sharing and dissemination of UNESCO best practices on promotion of culture and creative industries
- Dissemination to stakeholders UNESCO Art related funding and other opportunities.
- Strengthening partnerships with stakeholders to foster creativity and promote diversity of cultural expressions
- Enhancement of intellectual dialogue to promote policy nexus between government, academia and industry players
- Undertaking research to support informed policy decisions