August 12, 2010

Announcing Diabetes Art Day

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The entries for the No-Sugar Added Poetry book contest are starting to trickle in, which is very exciting! In talking about the contest and the guest post I did for DiabetesMine on Monday, it seems some people were inspired to do more than just make art for the contest though. My friend, Cherise, had the brilliant suggestion of an art day. I was a little wary because of concerns about participation, but Cherise’s excitement was infectious. Also, I recalled talking with Karen about how she was worried when she announced her idea for Diabetes Blog Week that no one would be interested in participating. As it turned out, she could barely stay on top of the participating blogs, and was overwhelmed in a good way by the response.

With these fine diabetes blog ladies as my muses, I am initiating the very first official Diabetes Art Day. If you would like to participate, between now and September 1st, I’m asking you to break out of your linguistic comfort zone, bust out some art materials, and make a piece of artwork – painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, an installation piece, a mixed media something or other, or whatever you can imagine. I’m sure most of you don’t consider yourselves artists, but I think that you are, and just haven’t discovered it yet. Then, once your masterpiece is complete, post it on September 1st. If you want to get your family involved, maybe each of you can create something, or you can even do a group art project. The possibilities are endless if you use your imagination!

When September 1st comes around, if you want to say something about it – what it was like to make it, if it turned out the way you expected, what it means to you – then go for it, but if you just want to post a picture of it, and let it speak for itself, the magic of art is that words are optional. If you don’t have a blog, and still want to participate, post it on one of the diabetes online communities. You can even send it to me if you want, and I can post it. I just don’t want anyone who doesn’t have a blog to feel like they can’t participate because the more people that jump into the art-making action, the better. Whatever you create, wherever you post it, just link back to me because you have no idea how much I am looking forward to seeing what you’ve made!

Here’s a badge to show you are participating and help spread the word. Then all that’s left is tuning out that inner-critic, tuning into your instincts, sense of adventure and playfulness, making something fantastic, and posting it on September 1st. This is a community art project like no other for a community like no other, so help me make it fabulous!

For additional information about how and where to post your art on September 1st, please check out: Where the Heck Do I Post My Art?

If you’re concerned about how to get started making art, what materials to use, or worried that you’re not “talented”, please check out: So You Say You’re Not an Artist?

A few more tips, inspiration, ideas, and information about a raffle for all Diabetes Art Day participants: Extra Inspiration

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44 Responses to “Announcing Diabetes Art Day”

  1. Sherry says:

    Could I post the piece I did for the raffle? Or would that be lame? Can I post more than one piece? I might be able to convince a certain four year old diabetic girl and her six year old sister to create something for the occasion. :)

  2. Alan says:

    Great idea! Sherry, get your children to check out for some possibilities, featuring creations by children and adults made from diabetes bits and pieces. :)

  3. Mike Durbin says:

    What an awesome idea, Lee Ann! Count me in!

  4. gabriela says:

    Hi! Can people from other countries participate?
    I live in Argentina. I am not diabetic but I know a group of people who could be interested in this art day-

  5. Jacquie says:

    I’m in! I don’t know what the hell I’ll do, but I’m in!

  6. Rainy Day says:

    Thank you sooooooooooooooo much. My niece is a brittle diabetic and was hospitalized close to death more than once this spring. She is also an amazing artist and was close to finishing art school in Denver before she had to leave to go stay with her parents due to health issues. I sent her a bunch of art supplies but she has been in a creative slump while she slowly regains her energy, so I am hoping this will help her and others feel more supported and connected.

  7. That is so great Lee Ann… I love it! I am in… and I really love the fact that you opened it up to people without blogs. I think there are a lot of “reader only” folks out there. Bravo!

  8. Karen says:

    Oh Lee Ann, what a wonderful idea!!!! I will definitely participate. Maybe my art piece will double as a birthday gift for Pete – since Diabetes Art Day falls on his birthday. LOL

    I’m going to post about this tomorrow to help spread the word. Please let me know if I can do anything else to help!

  9. I’m in! What a great idea! I’ll see if I can get the my support group involved too. Thanks for leading this Lee Ann!

  10. George says:

    Count me in Lee Ann! This is beyond awesome.

    I’ll post about it next week too.

  11. Kerri. says:

    Awesome idea!! I’ll be sure to pimp it out next week, too. Can’t wait to become an ar-tea-st. ;)

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  13. Cherise says:

    I am proud of you! I know Diabetes Art Day will be a huge success. I am going to put a piece together and I am going to have Niya do something as well. I am excited.

  14. This is awesome!! we do weekly art projects using left over D supplies from vials to sites to tubing!

    How we do link our artwork to you??

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  16. tyler says:

    How do I submit my artwork to the diabetes art day ? And when can I submit it ? Thanks

  17. June S. says:

    I, too, would like to know how I may submit my artwork to the Diabetes Art Day, and when it is due. Thanks!

  18. June S. says:

    Hi! I would like to submit something for your Diabetes Art Day, once I finish it. To what e-mail address should I send it? I also know a child who is interested!


  19. Tracey says:

    Yeah thankx

  20. Cara says:

    I’m gonna do something….I’m just not sure what yet.

  21. sisiay says:

    Wonderful. I’ve been saving my diabetes junk forever thinking I would use it for an art project eventually. This is just the excuse I need to make it a priority! I love these online events everyone keeps coming up with.

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  23. Reyna Maher says:

    Oops…I commented on the wrong post…you can count us IN!!!

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  25. Jeff Mather says:

    I’m in, too. Thanks for giving me the nudge I needed to use all of those insulin vials I had been saving for “some kind of art project.” :^)

  26. Tracy says:

    I’m in! Finally came up with an idea tonight! Will blog it tomorrow. :-)

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  31. JJ says:

    Great job with Diabetes Art Day, Lee Ann! I’m all about it :) Can’t wait to see all the art!

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    Hi Lee Ann! Thanks for the wonderful idea! We had fun with it! Check out our art at The Princess and The Pump!

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