Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to have a successful Art Break Day?

The first year you host an Art Break Day can feel a bit daunting. Just take it one step at a time and remember, the most important part of this whole deal is TO HAVE FUN!

At the very least, you need:

Art Supplies
People to Take an Art Break

This isn’t a joke. Really. It could be you on your front lawn with your neighbor making art for a few minutes together. We promise, that makes a huge difference. Give it a try and see for yourself.

If you want to go bigger, than you will need just a few more items and such.

Lots of Art Supplies
Public Space
Permit (most likely)
Online Calendar Listings
Press announcement sent out to local news outlets
Videographer to capture the day
Photographer to capture the day

Do I have to be a professional artist or art organization?

Nope. Being a registered Art Break Day location has just a few requirements.

1. FREE. Art Break Day MUST be free to attend. You may not charge an entry fee.

2. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We encourage you to set up your Art Break Day site in a public space. Art Break Day is about connecting communities through art. The easiest way to do that is to set up your art supplies, etc. in an outside space that has free access and is open to the public. If you are an organization that is holding Art Break Day in your building we just ask that you allow anyone and everyone to walk through your doors and take part in Art Break Day.

3. ART! There are no requirements about what kind of art is being made on Art Break Day, only that art is being made!

4. MARKETING. Please make sure to include our Art Break Day website: www.ArtBreakDay.org in all of your marketing materials (online and on paper)

We would also really, really, really appreciate:

A photo of each artwork. We are trying to create an online record of all the awesome art that happens because of Art Break Day. You can use a fancy camera, a point and shoot, your phone, anything that takes pictures. It can be just the art, the person holding the art, whatever you feel inclined to do. We would love a link to the images via Dropbox or Flickr as soon as possible after the event.

Pay it forward. Participants have the choice to take their art with them or leave it and add to the temporary “live gallery” that happens on Art Break Day. Please give away as much of the art as you can. If you have the space for an exhibition, we would love for you to showcase the work and then give it away for free. We want as much art out in the world as possible.

One really fun way to end your Art Break Day is to have an Art Mob! Gather a group of folks and give each of them a stack of artwork. Tell them to randomly pass out the artwork to anyone they see until they run out. Tell those lucky folks that get art to have a “Happy Art Break Day!”

What Kind of Art Supplies Should I Provide?

We encourage any and all art making supplies. From a simple set up of pens and pencils to an elaborate jam session with loads of instruments to a coffee shop ceramics shindig. If you can dream it, make it happen. We suggest you use supplies that you are interested in yourself so that you can pass your passion along to your participants.

Does Art is Moving provide funding for my event?

No. As an organization, Art is Moving exists to empower those passionate about the positive impact of art to act on it and give the gift of free art making. Each event is responsible for raising their own funds for art supplies, permits, marketing, etc.

What does an Art Break Day look like?

We’ve had Art Break Days celebrated in crowded plazas, malls, boardwalks, warehouses, street corners, and more! We recommend, at the very least, one canopy, two tables, and 12 chairs.

Here’s a quick “How To” video from our Corvallis, Oregon Art Break Day Site

Who can host an Art Break Day?

Anyone! All that we ask is that you provide art making for free and open to the public. That’s it! You choose the location and the type of supplies. Bonus points for an outside in a public space that isn’t usually associated with art making.

When is Art Break Day?

Art Break Day occurs each year on the FIRST Friday of September. So, the date is different each year. To see event and location information for this year’s Art Break Day visit our Location page here.