World Community Arts Day 2012, Rawlins College

We are celebrating the huge success of this year’s World Community Arts Day on February 17th at Rawlins College, Quorn, Leicestershire.

The event was full with 100 participants and 22 exceptional volunteers- friends, Rawlins students and Rawlins’ staff.

8 workshops all offered a unique art experience, from marbling to sew a badge, 3D modelling to clay plaques, pipe cleaner people to jewellery making and sketch book binding to drawing and painting. All this over 4 art hours in a 6 hour fun filled, friendly and colourful day for a £3 ticket, made possible by the kind donation of time, effort and even materials.

The event this year was in support of the fantasic charity- Inter Care, medical aid for Africa, for whom we raised well over £100.00. This will enable more than £400.00worth of essential medicines to reach those who need it most.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the event, either as a volunteer, donor or participant. Again, I have been overwhelmed by the amazing folk who make my job very much worthwhile!

CAP do a mural

Community Arts Partnership do a mural on WCAD.

Community Arts Partnership will be celebrating World Community Arts Day by adding a bit of colour to the office!

After moving premises last year our walls needed brightened up so we are all taking part in creating a large-scale mural with a bit of help from Belfast artists Kev Largey aka KVLR and Marion Noone aka FRIZ.

We literally have a blank canvas and using Kev and Marion’s skills we should come up with something very arresting but at the same time reflect our ethos. This is a perfect way of bringing out the artistic side of all the staff to produce a creative shared space.

World Community Arts Day values the importance of creativity in the growth of local and global communities therefore celebrate by involving the local community and being creative on 17/02/2012.

Intrepid Pens

This past weekend, Mary Bennett and a team of volunteers from the Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) attended an Intrepid Pens session to work with the group as part of the “SHARE THE LOVE” Project for World Community Arts Day.

I was so disappointed to have missed it (the first session I haven’t led in three years), but our amazing volunteer Sarah was there to facilitate and it was a super-successful day. The group wrote love letters and made collages for “community artists who make our city a better place”.

To learn more about World Community Arts Day, click here. And click here to learn more about CACV. Note: This isn’t the first time that Mary Bennett of CACV has reached out and made an effort to include “The Pens” in exciting community arts projects and events. We’re so grateful.

Below are some pics snapped by CACV intern…

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Days as grass

Today (17th February) is World Community Arts Day. For a feast of events and projects, visit the World Community Arts Day website here.

Their motto or strapline is “Art as a catalyst for caring and sharing”. That makes me think of the appalling term ‘NEET’ (ie not in education, employment or training) – what if ‘NEETs’ want to be in arts or community involvement? Are they encouraged in this? I wonder.

PS: For a wealth of advice and information, visit the excellent Voluntary Arts site.

Happy World Community Arts Day 2012.

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Upward mobility project celebrates world community arts day

We are building a large cardboard boat inspired by George Wyllie’s ‘Paper Boat’ and the many other paper boats collected for WCAD. Upward Mobility Art Students have built and decorated two boxes that will be left in two locations within the Arts Complex building. Residents of Arts Complex are invited to write or draw anything on paper in response to the motto of WCAD – ‘Art is a catalyst for caring and sharing’. Once these responses are collaged onto the boats, they will be exhibited in Gallery 2 on the 3rd Floor of Arts Complex from 17th – 20th February 2012.

more to come