How to Celebrate World Art Day On Campus

April 12, 2022

This story was written by University Communications’ student content writer, Diddiery Santana

Art plays a significant role all over the world, helping to nurture creativity, promote cultural diversity, foster relationships, and more. Each year on April 15, World Art Day promotes the development and enjoyment of art in all its forms. Celebrations help reinforce the links between artists, their talents, and society. Attending a gallery opening, watching a play, or writing a story are just a few ways to get honor the day. We’ve compiled a list of local happenings to get you inspired.

Mural Series

CU Denver has partnered with Detour, the internationally acclaimed muralist and two-time alumnus, to paint the picture of how CU Denver prepares learners from all walks of life to thrive. Through a large-scale art installation, each featuring a recent CU Denver graduate, Detour has brought to life what it is that makes our campus so special. If you’re on campus, check out his colorful murals on the Learning Commons and Student Commons buildings.

Signature Jazz and Voz de la Clave Concert

The Signature Jazz Guitar Ensemble and Voz de la Clave present an evening of music featuring a variety of jazz and Latin genres music. Your free ticket from the King Center Box Office includes parking validation at the 7th Street Garage. 

When: Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 PM

Where: King Center Recital Hall 

855 Lawrence Way, Denver

Celebrating Cecilia Wu and Mandala at the Denver Art Museum

Join our College of Arts & Media peers in celebrating recording arts professor Cecilia Wu. Her audio-visual artwork “Mandala” has been added to the permanent collection at the Denver Art Museum. Admission to the museum and gallery are free. RSVP is encouraged.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 5 – 6 p.m.

Where: 100 W 14th Ave Parkway, Denver

Visual Arts BFA Thesis Exhibition

Take time to celebrate and enjoy an array of displays of the creative achievements of the class of 2022. 

When: Saturday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 10

Where: 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver

Malintzin: Unraveled and Rewoven

Dive into an immersive journey that untangles one of Mexico’s most prolific and captivating icons. Originally inspired by Denver Art Museum’s exhibition “Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche,” this installation recontextualizes a woman reviled as a traitor of her Indigenous roots and hailed for her achievements of birthing a nation that mixes Spanish and Indigenous cultures and heritages, according to a CAM news story. 

When: Now through May 1

Where: 1025 13th St., Denver

Fun fact

World Art Day falls on the same day as the birth of world-famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Known for his iconic “Mona Lisa” painting, he is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time.