World Art Day is technically celebrated on April 15th in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, but why celebrate art for just one day?
With so much history around us every day, we should live in the moment and recognize the creativity surrounding us and spread awareness of art worldwide. Chicago, for example, is one city where you can celebrate World Art Day all year long.
With so many wonderful museums, a well-known theater scene, and iconic sculptures encompassing the city, Chicago surely is a great place to celebrate art. We hope this article will inspire you to check out local museums and events happening as a way to continue to celebrate World Art Day.
The History of World Art Day
The General Assembly of AIAP/IAA World voted World Art Day to be held yearly on the birthday of famous Renaissance painter and sculptor Leonardo da Vinci. During this day, there are conferences and celebratory events happening all over the world. Museums are encouraged to extend hours on this day as well.
As mentioned, we should recognize the historical importance of art, so below are ways you can continue to celebrate and support the Chicago art scene for more than one day.
Chicago Art Museums
If you’re looking for a city with fantastic art museums, look no further than Chicago. Here’s a list of places to start.
Located in Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Plus, we offer tours of the museum, so you can learn all about the scandalous secrets and salaciuos backstories of the art and artists.
Located near Water Tower Place, the Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues.
Located in Harrison Park, the National Museum of Mexican art features works of Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture.
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Chicago. The collection houses over 15,000 objects and is free to the public. Score!
If you live in the Windy City or are planning to visit, there are plenty of ways to continue to celebrate World Art Day. Beyond the astonishing galleries and museums, there are tours, events, and iconic public art pieces.
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May 19th; 10:00 AM
The Loop is not only the business district of Chicago but it also occupies several public art pieces that tourists need to check out if in the area. We detail three of them below.
This sculpture can be found outside the Daley Civic Center Plaza. “The Picasso” has been a source of Chicago pride since 1967.
Across the street from “The Picasso” is another iconic sculpture (“Chicago”) created in the 20th century by Joan Miro.
Portraying the six scenes of Chicago, this modern artwork was created by Marc Chagall.
Many of the parks around Chicago hold some of the city’s most intriguing art pieces. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit.
“Cloud Gate” (or “The Bean”) is a public sculpture created by Sir Anish Kapoor. This sculpture got its nickname “The Bean” because of its shape. It’s certainly a must-see attraction if you’re in Chicago!
Buckingham Fountain is a landmark in Chicago, found in the middle of Grant Park. It is one of the largest fountains in the world. In Grant Park you can also find the Art Institute of Chicago. What better place to support Chicago’s creative history?
Francis M. Drexel Memorial fountain is one of the oldest public sculptures in Chicago. You will also find Hyde Park Art Center here.
Looking to meet other art-lovers? Try out one of these events!
June 8 – June 9
June 9 – June10
Check out other events happening in Chicago here.
Celebrate World Art Day All Year Long!
We want to encourage you to stop and appreciate the wonderful creativity that surrounds you, whether you’re in Chicago or abroad. As IAA World President Rosa Maria Burillo Velasco said, “Art is the most genuine expression of the human soul, shaped in images, words, sounds and movements enduring reflections that describe us the story of humanity.”
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