Local artists will hide their creations across the metro area in honor of World Art Drop Day.
World Art Drop Day is like playing Pokémon Go (is that still a thing?) except cooler, more fun on a real-world level, and ends with you owning a beautiful, unique creation from one of Denver’s amazing artists. This year, you can participate on Sept. 4.
World Art Drop Day was created by Utah-artist Jake Parker to connect people through giving and receiving. In 2017, Denver had almost 200 artists participate and a whole lot of seekers looking for these amazing pieces. This year’s event, supported by Denver Arts & Venues, is almost certain to be bigger and invites both artists and art lovers to participate. It's rumored that Mayor Hancock will be dropping art, as well!
“Wherever you find yourself that day, drop a piece of your art and tell someone where to find it. The world needs this right now. We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there's nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving,” says Parker.
While you might stumble on a piece completely out of the blue (and if so, buy a lottery ticket because you can’t get much luckier!), chances are you could use a few clues. No problem! Scour the interwebs and social sites for tags #artdropday and #artdropdenver. If you have a favorite artist, keep tabs on their profiles to see if they are participating in the event.
“You can follow along on Denver Arts & Venues' Facebook page and the World Art Drop Day website. Or join our Art Drop Denver Facebook group. You can also find out where art has been hidden in Denver by searching social media with the hashtag #artdropdenver,” the organization shares.
As a bonus, Denver Arts & Venues will be hiding miniature “Blue Bears” throughout Denver! Follow the above sites for hints as to their location. If you find one near the base of the actual Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center (officially titled “I See What You Mean”), you MUST take a picture and share it with us!
This guy will be looking for his mini-me's, which will be spread out around town on Denver's Art Drop Day.
You, too, can spread your creative spirit, and leave a piece of your art for some lucky person to find. There really are no rules on what you can leave. Be it doodles, photos, sculptures, embroidery, knitting and more, the sky’s the limit! But, you do need to register online here. The event requests you print out the provided form with your info, so your finder can get in touch with you and maybe even become a patron! Once you register, simply hide your art on Sept. 4, and then post on your social pages with hints, including photos of the location, the art in its hiding place, etc., and be sure to include the tags #artdropday and #artdropdenver. Then, sit back and see what happens! It may just fill your soul to see the excitement on someone’s face when they find your hidden treasure.
Artists are already posting hints on the Art Drop Denver Facebook group. Do your best sleuthing and find out what is being said! Fiber artist Carol Ann Waugh posted a beautiful picture of her work with this message, “I will be dropping this piece of my art at the pavilion at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado at about 10 a.m. on September 4. If you live in Denver, I hope you are the one to find it!”
Don’t say we never gave you nothin’! Happy Hunting and Divine Dropping! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Did you participate either as a seeker or an artist in last year’s Art Drop Day? Are you planning on dropping some art this year? Let us know in the comments below.