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World Collage Day 2023 


World Collage Day is an international celebration of collage on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Kolaj Institute and Kolaj Magazine invite you to submit events taking place on that day that celebrate collage. Before submitting an event or project, we encourage you to visit the WORLD COLLAGE DAY WEBSITE and familiarize yourself with the event and history (SEE PAST EVENTS HERE).

Organize World Collage Day Event or Project

One of the many remarkable things about collage is its ability to extend across borders and barriers and to involve people regardless of skill level. Professional artists at the top of their game sit side by side with members of the general public who are picking up scissors for the first time. This is unique in an art world that often trades on hierarchy and status. The collage community is generous and kind and welcoming. It is one of our greatest strengths. World Collage Day is one day we show the world how we do that.

We encourage everyone thinking about a World Collage Day event or project to take responsibility for educating themselves about the needs of their community. We encourage you to follow guidelines set out by health officials and be mindful that these may evolve and change over time.

If in-person gatherings are safe and possible in your community, we invite artists, art centers, museums, galleries, schools, and communities to celebrate World Collage Day by hosting events and projects that bring communities together. Ideas include collage making meet-ups, docent-led tours of collage in a museum or gallery, activities for kids, slideshows or talks that appreciate collage’s role in contemporary art and art history, exhibitions of collage, and more. Consider a project that manifests the spirit of World Collage Day in a safe and responsible way. This may take the shape of a Window Exhibition, sharing Collage Starter Packs for your neighbors, or organizing an online Collage Happy Hour. To get inspired, check out past events and projects from previous years.

In February 2021, Kolaj Institute hosted a forum, "How-to World Collage Day." You can watch it HERE.

Now is the time to plan and whatever you decide to do, we want to hear about it.

Tips for Submitting an Event or Project

Give the project a name. Write 3-5 sentences about your project and make or find 1-2 images that represent what you are doing. (Note: We don't mean posters. These should be images of artwork free of texts and watermarks and a minimum of 700 pixels wide.)  Use this form to share texts and images with us.  We will announce your event on the WORLD COLLAGE DAY WEBSITE and through our social media. When we receive your event, we will email with some helpful tips and other resources.

Step One: Find a Space 

If you don't have your own space, reach out to a partner who does. These can be galleries, libraries, cafes, bars, museums, or community centers. Work with the space to determine a time on May 13th, 2023 to hold the event.

Step Two: Define an Activity 

Ideas include collage making meet-ups, docent-led tours of collage in a museum or gallery, activities for kids, slideshows or talks that appreciate collage's role in contemporary art & art history, exhibitions of collage, and more. See previous events to get ideas. Note: Please consider how your event is in keeping with or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Step Three: Submit Your Event 

This is a helpful tool that gathers all the information we need to promote your event on our end. The form asks you for Event Title, Start & End Time, Organization name, the Name of the Venue name and address, contact information for the venue, and minimum of 3-7 sentences about what will happen there.

IMPORTANT: We also ask that you submit images of artwork that we can use to promote the event. Do not send posters or postcards, only artwork free of texts and watermarks and a minimum of 700 pixels wide.

We will announce your event on the WORLD COLLAGE DAY WEBSITE and through our social media. When we receive your event, we will email with some helpful tips and other resources.

Step Four: Promote your event locally 

Submit a calendar listing to local newspaper, radio, and television outlets. Announce the event online and through social media and ask other people to share it. Consider drafting a press release and sending it to the media with a request that they report on the event.

Step Five: Enjoy World Collage Day, May 13, 2023 

Take lots of pictures and post them to social media using the hashtag #worldcollageday. 

ABOUT KOLAJ

Kolaj Institute is a 501c3 Non-profit organization registered in the State of Louisiana, USA that supports artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world. 

Kolaj Magazine is an internationally-oriented art magazine dedicated to contemporary collage.

We use Submittable to help organize information coming in about World Collage Day events. There is no cost to use the service, but you are required to create an account in order to submit information. Submittable uses the email address you provide as your user name to keep track of submissions and not as a tool to Spam you or sell your info to a third party.  Once you have created an account or logged in, the form will appear.

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