World Art Day is intended to raise awareness of the importance of creative activity and “promote the development, dissemination and enjoyment of art”, according to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Held annually on April 15, celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday, World Art Day is an opportunity to celebrate, encourage curiosity and creativity and share knowledge.
The arts have always been an important part of the SNJM universe. From the early days of the congregation, the influence of Marie-Agnès (Mélodie Dufresne), with her undeniable artistic talents, was felt.
Music was also an important part of the mission. In fact, did you know that the 12 foundresses of the Oregon mission requested that a piano be sent to the motherhouse upon their arrival? This illustrates the importance of the arts in the daily lives of the sisters and their students and reminds us that the SNJM curriculum included a section dedicated to the arts.
Why not take advantage of this World Art Day to stimulate the creativity of young and old and spread beauty and joy around? It’s an invitation to draw a card, make a mandala, write a poem, tell a story, paint, make original crafts, compose a musical piece, play a musical instrument, prepare decorations, etc.
“Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing: these are the powers of art, the importance of which has been made emphatically obvious during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. …this World Art Day is a timely reminder that art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis.” -— Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO