World Art Day: 'Live your Art. Don't think about it' (Bill Viola)

In 2014, 21 countries celebrated the WAD: Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Argentine, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, France, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Cyprus, Japan, South Africa, Mauritius, USA (Chicago), India (Assam).

Mexico proposed 600 activities during the whole month of April and the WAD was supported by the Government.

In 2015, the International Dance Council will celebrate the WAD with IAA, the International Dance Day taking place on April 29th. So, the visual artists and the dancers are invited to prepare common projects for April 2015.

Please find more information on the World Art Day-website and Facebook.


  • WAD in Morocco, 2017: Rabat, Middle Atlas, General Consulate of Morocco in Pontoise, France

This year, the celebration of WAD in Morocco was particularly intense. The Association 'Articultures', committed to diabetic children, and spearheading the status of the Artists in Morocco, proposed several events which were reported by the National TV (Channel RTM and 2M), the national radio (Channel Inter, in live), as well as several daily newspapers and magazines of the written and web press like Aujourd’hui, Le Matin, et Hespress. Watch this overview of press publications [PDF].

The show which was organized by Mr Rachid Benabdellah, and which took place at the Auto Hall, in Rabat, with the collaboration of the Free Syndicate for Visual Artists in Morocco, as well as with the Association 'Articultures', the participation of 50 painters, groups of Musicians and singers like the very talented Nasr MEGRI and Cheb ABDEL, has been the subject of a catalogue which is available by clicking on the following link: catalogue WAD.

At the same time, an exhibition of Contemporary Art took place in 'La Ferme des Arts', near Rabat, which welcomed artists and art lovers. Prices and certificates were given under the Presidency and by Mrs Fatema Binet Ouakka, in the gardens of 'La Ferme des Arts', before the end of the show and in front of about 50 persons.

The Association, working in very tight collaboration with the Association 'Al Badil', Rabat, allowed diabetic children to celebrate WAD too.

All the drawings made in Rabat were shown in the General Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco, Pontoise, France, Mrs Binet Ouakka having organized a WAD celebration for the children of the employees of the Consulate.

In the Middle Atlas, the 'Maison de la Fille Rurale' (House for the Country Girl), in Ras Taboula, Middle Atlas, also welcome the WAD celebration that Mrs Binet ouakka and Mr Benabdellah organized and animated in the presence of the local authorities.

Finally, in June, Mrs Binet Ouakka organized and animated workshops at Her Highness Lalla Asmae’s Foundation for children and deaf children. Those children already expressed their whish to be associated to this thought about Peace already undertaken with other children in Morocco. This item, defended and implemented within UNESCO by the Official partners NGOs, AIAP included, helped these children to espress themselves in a high colored artistic language, to demonstrate solidarity, synergy and communion in the action quite beyond words and disability.

The Association 'Les Chemins du Maroc' has organised an exhibition in Tangier, photos of this event are on the Facebook page of the IAA World.

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  • WAD in Morocco, 2017

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  • WAD in Turkey, 2017

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  • WAD UNESCO Childrens Club 2016

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  • WAD in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Office, by CNFAP France

On April 15th, birthday of Leonardo da Vinci and date chosen by IAA to celebrate the World Art Day, CNFAP (Conseil National Français des Arts Plastiques) organized the opening of the 'Dialogs with Nations' exhibition, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition included 54 artworks (paintings, drawings, etchings, photo pictures and installations) of French artists, members of CNFAP.

Michael Moller, Managing Director of the UN Office in Geneva and Ambassador Elisabeth Laurin, permanent representative of France, together with several international organizations participated to the opening. Ana Sartori, President of CNFAP, introduced the goals and activities of IAA, in particular the promoting of the dialogue between civilizations.

From April 15th to April 26th the exhibition had a very large number of visitors and benefited from the numerous international conferences held in the UN building during this period of time, promoting WAD among a large and diversified public.

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  • WAD in Los Angeles, USA, 2016

Click here for the brochure. Find more pictures on large format through this link. Watch an interview with IAA-World president Bedri Baykam here or below.

World Art Day LA - Interview with President from Image People on Vimeo.

  • WAD in Morocco, 2016

The General Consulate of Morocco in Paris celebrated the Word Art Day by invitating the artist Fatima Binet Ouakka. This event was presented in the whole written press in Morocco (Le Matin, Libération, Express, Maghreb Emergent, Atlas Info) as well as on the web (, Yabiladi).

To read the article dedicated to this event, please click on:


  • WAD in Turkey, 2016

Invitated by the town of Corlu, the French-Turkish painter Asilva organized a joint 2016 celebration of WAD workshops for children and the exhibition 'The Children of the World draw for Peace'.

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  • WAD in Armenia 2015

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  • WAD in France 2015

Read more about WAD at the Collège Hélène Boucher through this link [PDF] and WAD at the Collège Paul Verlaine des Mureaux through this link [PDF].


  • WAD 2015 in Haiti

Thanks to the collaboration between IAA AIAP and the Association '', WAD was celebrated in 3 orphanages and one school in Haïti:

- Saptille Orphanage, Pacot
- Marry Mother Orphanage, Thomassin
- Orphelinat Foyer Divin, Villiard
- Ecole Pierre Maurice, Delmas

Learn more about the Association '' by clicking on this link

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  • WAD 2015 in Indonesia

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  • WAD 2015 in Japan

On the afternoon of April 30th a panel discussion was held under the theme of 'Leonardo da Vinci and Me' at the auditorium of the National Museum of Western Art. This time we had the artists below from such fields as Japanese style painting, oil painting, wood block printing and sculpture as panelists and had them talk about how they ran into Leonardo da Vinci and what influence was brought by da Vinci to their activities as artists. And then Mr. Shinsuke Watanabe, the chief researcher of the National Museum of Western Art, touched upon an overall summary. The number of participants was 80.

Panelists: Japanese style painter, Mr. Reiichi Hiramatsu; oil painting artist, Ms. Yoko Makoshi, wood block artist, Ryoji Ikeda; sculptor, Mr. Yuichi Yonebayashi.

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  • WAD 2015 in Macedonia

On April 15, 2015 on the occasion of World Art Day was realized art workshop and exhibition - 'Art without borders' for all children who want to exhibit their artwork in the gallery of the Association NEOART in Skopje event. In the event was exhibited works of young artists (2 - 18 year age) from all over Macedonia. The exhibition was opened 14 days for visitors. Please find some pictures on the link: Art without borders, and video on the link: WAD in The Art Room - NEOART. Read more about NEOART through this link.


  • WAD 2015 in Madagascar

Thanks to Gabrielle Charles Rabijaona, artist and art visual teacher, and under her supervision, the Ankadilanara – Antanarivo101 High School celebrated WAD for the first time. The pupils worked on the arts in Indian Ocean and in Madagascar, making researches, pictures, painting, photomontages, cuttings up, and assemblings.

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  • WAD in Morocco 2015

Find the report through this link [PDF].

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World Art Day 2015, Fatema BINET OUAKKA, activities in France and Morocco during the month of April 2015 through this link [PDF, French].


  • WAD UNESCO Childrens Club 2015

IAA World in Paris organised a WAD for Children and their parents with the IDC (International Dance Council) in the Unesco premises, from April 15 to April 28th.

Downloads [PDF]: Program (French)

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  • WAD in Slovakia 2015

Find the report through this link [PDF].

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  • WAD in South-Africa 2015

The theme of the exhibition was 'Funky Functional – World Art Day – 15 April 2015'. Twenty local artists participated. The event also included a 'happening' - A make-up artist presented a show where she did body-art as part of the exhibition. The idea was to celebrate the visual arts in various ways and media.

Downloads [PDF]: invitation Hanna Jacobs | invitation Gran Cavallo | press 1 | press


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  • WAD in the United States 2015



  • WAD in Costa Rica 2014, view the flyer [JPEG]


  • WAD in France 2014, read the report, page 1 | page 2 [PDF]



  • WAD in Peru, 2014


  • WAD in India (Assam) 2014, read the report [PDF]


  • WAD in Costa Rica 2013, read the report with many full-color pictures [PDF]



  • WAD in Mexico 2013, read the report [PDF]


  • WAD in Sweden 2012, read the report [PDF]


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