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realise I am not the only child of Community Arts out there. There are many more who have been equally inspired.


As World Community Arts Day has developed, I think it is important to try and understand the nature of what is developing, rather than have a preconceived idea of how it should be. As well as Community Arts organisations, who tend to organise real events like exhibitions, concerts, parades and workshops; there is an emergent virtual community which uses the social media; Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Myspace, etc.


“I think it is important to try and understand the nature of what is developing, rather than have a preconceived idea of how it should be.“


World Community Arts Day works best on the social media sites. That is where it becomes exciting. You find the wider audience that has no negative issue with Community Arts, in fact it is the opposite. I find myself thinking, “Wait a minute, maybe, just maybe Community Arts is much wider than I thought”.


“it has been a privilege to get to know some of the great work that is happening around the world. There are so many great projects, completed in so many ways.”


For me, it has been a privilege to get to know some of the great work that is happening around the world. There are so many great projects, completed in so many ways. World Community Arts Day has been a steep learning curve on many levels. For now it just has to grow slightly each year, giving itself time to develop, to root itself in communities and groups. World Community Arts Day is only one day. A snapshot of a vast global movement, a movement full of vibrancy, colour and excitement.•


Over the years there have been thousands of projects, large and small. I cannot list them all but here is a taste of World Community Arts Day:


Ken Wolverton in New Mexico and Kev Ryan at Charnwood Arts were the first to get involved in 2007.


Happy Postcard by Sandra Givan on Flickr and the “How to make a paperboat in 30 seconds” on Youtube by Three Harbours Arts Festival. Photos of Craigmillar Festival Society on Flickr are all well into 100,000‖s of hits.


There have been several TV and radio broadcasts on the day including the live performance of “All you need is love” by Peopleprint in Rochdale with local tribute band The Cheatles, an orchestra and a host of locals including Rochdale‖s Lord Major.


There‖s been a live, world drumming event lead by Drumatik, an inclusive drumming group from Fife broadcasted on the Rocca Gutteridge internet radio show. It was very loud!


There has been new music created through Homely Planet FM in Northern Ireland.


Many artworks have been produced including COYOLXAUHQUI by Mexican muralist Patricia Quijano, dedicated to the use of art, “as a protest against violence to women”. Chrissie Orr and Bobbe Besold in Santa Fe working with youth in a shelter created an artwork entitled, “This Is What Peace Looks Like”.


Many great groups with a wide membership have taken part: Actalive who deal with Art and AIDS mainly in Africa and Asia, Social Creatives in Singapore, Community Arts Forum in Northern Ireland, The Neighbourhood Arts Network and Community Art Council of Vancouver in Canada and Artist Meeting Place (AMP) based in Los Angeles to name a few.


There have been regular events such as the “Windows on the World” concert in Hamilton, exhibitions at The Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport; workshops in Action Factory, Blackburn; parades in San Paulo, Brazil; sculptures in Poland, Slovenia and Israel; circus in Galway; student projects from the Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University; commentaries from Arlene Goldbard in USA and much activity from Hayley Fern and Rawlins Community College in Quorn.


Next World Community Arts Day is 17th February 2012 www.communiversity.org.uk/worldcommunityartsday


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