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International Sculpture Day


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International Sculpture Day, or IS Day, is an annual inclusive celebration held worldwide on or around April’s last Saturday to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. ISC invites the world to create their own unique program or join in an established event to discover and champion sculpture. Check out this page for more information and how to participate yourself!

International Sculpture Day, or IS Day, is a worldwide annual celebration of sculpture on the last Saturday of April every year. It was established by the International Sculpture Center and is meant to raise awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of sculpture in communities across the globe. During the inaugural 2015 IS Day, over 50 events were held in 12 countries including Switzerland, China, Germany, England, Australia, Austria, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, and the USA. In its second year, over 200 events were held in 20+ countries including Australia, Denmark, Poland, Nigeria, Canada, France, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Croatia and Mexico.

Types of IS Day events include open studios, demonstrations, workshops, public art tours, open museums, brown bag lunches, sculpture scavenger hunts, book signings, foundry pours, pop up exhibitions, opening receptions, competitions, artist talks, and more.

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts, that annually takes place on April 15. The holiday is observed since 2012.
World Art Day was created by the International Association of Art. The idea was proposed at the 17th General Assembly in Guadalajara and the committee unanimously approved it. The date of the holiday became the birthday of the great Italian painter, sculptor, writer, thinker, philosopher, mathematician and scientific innovator Leonardo da Vinci.

World Art Day aims to promote the values, that art has brought to the world since the beginning of time. It raises public awareness about the importance of creative activity worldwide.

The first World Art Day was observed on April 15, 2012. Celebration was supported by national committees of the International Association of Art. National committees of Sweden, France, South Africa, Slovakia and Venezuela organized outdoor exhibitions with sculpture, paintings, prints and cooking demonstration in honor of Leonardo da Vinci.

International Women’s Day, as the name implies, is dedicated to celebrating womanhood, their social, political, cultural, economic achievements and their significant contributions to society. The day also emphasises the importance of gender equality. On this day, people from all across the world come together to partake in the celebration of womanhood. The day has come to be increasingly associated with feminism and equal rights for women. Every year, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day. Before the UN adopted it in 1977, the day was mostly celebrated in socialist and Communist countries. The UN celebrates the day on the basis of different themes. This year, the theme is #PressforProgress.

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Observed from the 1900s, Women’s Day is not associated with any one group. But the day brings together state governments across the world, many women welfare and empowerment organisations, non-profits and charities, each focusing on celebrating women. The day was initially celebrated as International Working Women’s Day and the earliest celebration is believed to be held at a socialist-political event in New York City in 1909.

Themes play an important role in the celebration of the day. It widens the context of women and their rights across the world and highlights the atrocities women face and the need to end them. For instance, in 2010, the International Women’s Day the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) brought to the world’s attention, the physical and mental hardships displaced women endure, as a result of armed conflicts and humanitarian crisis. In 2011, former US president Barack Obama declared the month of March as Women’s History Month. However, in 2011, there were people in Egypt’s Tahrir Square who reportedly came out to harass women who had come to stand up for their rights on the occasion.