Galway to celebrate World Community Arts Day

The 6th World Community Arts Day (WCAD) takes place Friday 17 February 2012. Galway City Community Forum (GCCF), along with community organizations in Westside and Ballybane, is participating in this global event by organizing a series of free ‘taster workshops’ in drama, circus skills, art, dance, hip-hop, and creative writing to be held in the city on Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 February.
Tommy Flaherty, chairman of GCCF says: “The Forum is delighted to host this event, which showcases just some of the many local groups that are involved in the arts in Galway. Our aim is to support Galway as a city of arts and culture where everyone who wishes can get involved and have access to a variety of arts events and activities. The Forum is also pleased that this event is bringing the arts into the community and giving ownership to the local communities and arts groups”
Workshops are at beginners level and are free of charge but, as places are limited, anyone interested in becoming involved in Galway’s WCAD events should contact Imelda in Ballybane 091 768305 or Vernice in Westside on 091 528325 by 14 February.

The Big Ards Get-Together

Beyond Skin, bring yet another fantastic event….and hopefully more to come.

Ards Arts in association with Beyond Skin present A celebration of our global community.
Come along to the global village and enjoy tastes, sights and sounds from around the world. Visit a variety of continents in our tented bazaar and sample their unique foods and crafts, then relax around the global campfire to enjoy the beats and rhythms of live music and dance from the many diverse areas of the world.

Saturday 18th February – 7pm Queens Hall, Newtownards
Family ticket – £15 (2 adults + 2 children)
Admission – £8 and £6 cons
Groups of 10 or more – 50% discount
Non alcoholic refreshments provided. Customers may bring a bottle (no spirits please!)

SHARE THE LOVE Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Canada

World Community Arts Day
February 17, 2012

SHARE THE LOVE on World Community Arts Day.
On February 17, 2012 send some love to the community artists who make our city a better place.
“A sweet project,” is how Rika Uto, Arts and Education programmer at Carnegie Centre responded when I asked about having space there! (and she said yes, enthusiastically).
Volunteers Needed: We are looking for 3-5 volunteers to collect materials, attend one or more of the sessions to help people sign, collage, write, cards for community artists, particularly in the Downtown Eastside, many of whom are our partners or contractors for our projects. We want at least two people at each date. Then we need 2-3 to be at the finale signing session on World Community Arts Day at Carnegie on Friday, February 17. This will include set up and cleanup – which will include organizing delivery or pick-up of the cards.
Our CACV intern Elena Garcia-Escudero from Madrid, Spain, will be involved in helping to coordinate.
Preparation: Let us know if you can come to the Woodward’s building for an hour or so before Thursday, February 16 to cut out recycled materials and start the cards. We’ll provide some materials and supplies, but if you have extra magazines and calendars, scissors, glue, red, white or silver pencils, markers, paints, bring them along with any precious bits (beads, foil, stamps and stamp pads) or bring nothing except your enthusiasm. (time to be confirmed depending on people’s interest) – We’ll compile materials for three sessions and will start some collaged cards for people to add writing to.
Six years ago, in 2007, Andrew Crummy in Scotland decided there should be a World Community Arts Day and he simply proclaimed it! What a cool thing to do. Since then it’s grown and has been expanding. For CACV, we have mentioned it in our e-newsletter each year but haven’t done an event YET! I saw on the Neighbourhood Arts Network in Toronto that last year they did “Love Letters to Community Art”. They’ve posted lots of photos and I thought: we could do that! Here’s the link to their site and the blog post with photos at:
To participate online, log on to the World Community Arts Day Official Website CLICK HERE or join their Facebook Group. You can also send a note on
Or perhaps you agree with artist and author Douglas Coupland who while speaking at the Cities Summit conference last week in Vancouver said, “People want experiences that can’t be downloaded.”
In that case, we invite you to show up to write a “love letter” to Vancouver community artists. We’ll provide materials for collaging cards and writing poetry on the cards at several times. . At each group, participants will be invited to suggest people to receive a card for their work in community arts. Then on February 17, you can come to the 3rd Floor Gallery at Carnegie Centre and sign the cards
Here are three DTES opportunities where people will be invited to add their words – and art to the cards — that are started:
*Saturday February 11 2-4:30pm W2 Media Café (with the Intrepid Pens group – private)
*Thursday, February 16 4-5:30pm Carnegie Centre (after the Thursdays Writing Collective) –open to others
Friday, February 17 – Come and sign the cards in the 3rd floor Gallery, Carnegie Centre. 12-2pm (time to be confirmed.)
*These are both scheduled to follow or be part of a writing group, hoping that some of the members will want to join us and write their poems about community+art on cards.
We plan to make between 10 and 20 cards and invite DTES residents to generate the list of people to receive cards. The cards will be made on 9×12 card stock with a collage on one side and text written in ink on top of the collage and then signatures and notes on the back.
The cards will either be left at the Info Desk at Carnegie for pickup, delivered or mailed to the recipients.
Interested in being part of this “sweet project”?
Let me know your availability and which parts interest you the most, and we’ll build up the team to Share the Love on World Community Arts Day.
Mary Bennett, Community Arts Council of Vancouver 604-682-0010

ICAF and paperboats

One of the continuing themes in WCAD has been paperboats and International Childrens Art Foundation has been one such supporter. They featured our boats, (a giant sculpture made by 3 Harbours arts festival).

ICAF says:
“ICAF hosts the World Children’s Festival on the
National Mall as the children’s ‘Olympics’ every four years. You might like
this YouTube clip on the music component of the 2011 festival Feel free to share it and link to it.”

SmashArts Collective

Here at SmashArts we value the importance of creativity in the growth of local and global communities therefore we would like to celebrate “World Community Arts Day 2012″ by involving the local community and being creative on 17/02/2012.

It’s nice to be part of the global community by “caring and sharing” with our local community and sharing this with the world.

Why not get involved yourself, by creating your own event, however big or small whether it involves Song, dance, theatre, drawing, painting, writing, to make anything from poems, photography, lectures, walks, tours, talks, art classes anyway that you feel you are creative!

Watch the space for more information on our “World Community Arts Day 2012″…..

The 7th annual Celebrate the Arts – Celebrate Volunteerism Conference, Canada

The 7th annual Celebrate the Arts – Celebrate Volunteerism Conference will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street , Vancouver, BC

The theme is Passion, Action, Impact: The Arts and Social Change

2012 Conference Program

Our keynote speaker will be Judith Marcuse – Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change and well known for her 40 years in dance, theatre and opera. Other highlights of this year’s conference include:

Engaging concurrent sessions led by hosts from theatre, music and visual arts, including Evelyn Lau, Vancouver Poet Laureate and author of Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid; Quelemia Sparrow, resident artist at Urban Ink; Ann de la Hey, Executive Director at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music with students from the program; as well as the opportunity for a roundtable discussion with Judith Marcuse
Stimulating panel discussion moderated by Jim Wright, General Director/CEO, Vancouver Opera. Panelists include Meghan Gardiner, actor, playwright and author of Dissolve – documentary on drug facilitated sexual assault and Jane Kenyon, fibre artist expressing her work through “thread painting”, Jeffrey Whiting from Artists for Conservation and Lyn Fels, SFU arts educator.
A fabulous continental breakfast (8:30 am) with time to meet and greet friends and other volunteers and a celebratory lunch – have your cake and eat it too!
On-Stage Partners exhibits where you can learn more about the organization, volunteering and attending.

Mailout looking for stories–-how-are-you-taking-part/

Do you know about World Community Arts Day (WCAD for short)?

It’s your opportunity as an arts organisation or worker to be creative about an issue that you believe promotes “caring and sharing”.

Participatory arts advocate Andrew Crummy invites all community arts organisations to make their expression on a theme that is wide open to interpretation.

On the 17th of February community arts organisations across the globe will be showcasing their art. Whether it is dance, poetry, crafts, music or drama your artistic expressions are needed to support and embrace a movement which proudly promotes the arts being accessible to all.

So how does your organisation go about participating? Well, it’s all so rather simple. On the 17th of February you can hold your very own WCAD event, it doesn’t matter if it’s a dance piece, an exhibition, a drama performance or a crafts workshop – no matter how large or small we want you to feed us your stories.

Send us news and images to and we will broadcast your organisation’s work to the rest of the world. Demonstrate what your community can achieve and get involved in the community arts event of 2012!

For more information on this event visit:

Holding an event on the 17th and want it reported? Get in touch with Claire.


Tel: 01254 674777