Every first Tuesday of September is World Art Drop Day, a global art campaign founded by freelance illustrator Jake Parker, that aims to connect the whole planet with art. The inspiration came from his own experience in cross-country art drop where he left sketches around the United States. He said that he received tons of positive responses from the finders and he wants us to experience that kind of happiness too!
If you’re not familiar with Jake Parker, he is a prolific illustrator based in Utah working on animated films, comics, and books. In fact, you might already saw some of his works in films like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Rio (2011), and Epic (2013).
All artists, (that means students and professionals, painters and cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators, animators and fine artists, EVERYONE who creates) the first Tuesday of September is World Art Drop Day. Wherever you find yourself that day, drop a piece of your art and tell someone where to find it. The world needs this right now. We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there’s nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving. – Jake Parker
To give you an idea, here’s how the concept of art drop works:
- Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
- Take a photo of either the art, the hiding spot, or a combination of both.
- Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on any social media platform of your choice. Use the hashtag #artdropday to make your experience visible to the public.
- Then move on, hoping someone finds it or hang around and meet your new friend.
People are now starting to respond to World Art Drop Day in the social media. Check out some of their posts:
World Art Drop Day is exciting, isn’t it? Join the fun by downloading this PDF with instructions and a printable insert for you art drop: Art Drop Insert PDF
What do you think of this global art campaign? #artdropday
Credits: Photo by Jake Parker (mrjakeparker.com/art-drops)
Editor’s Note: Photo and pull quote was edited from “September 2nd” to “Every 1st Tuesday of September” to remove confusion that September 2 actually means September 2, 2014. Art Drop Day for this year is September 1, 2015.