“It is my dream that for one day people remember that child within them that likes to play creatively without any judgment or restraint. For us to cross neighborhood, city boundaries. To be inclusive. Art can do this."
- Deborah Triplett, Yard Art Day creator
Yard Art Day is a grassroots arts exhibition, curated by the community for the community. The annual LABOR DAY event will take place for 24 hours and is for anyone and all to express themselves creatively despite their age or level of expertise. Art of all mediums is allowed – from hula hooping to sculpture – whatever your artistic heart desires.
The Yard Art Day art project invites everyone to celebrate their creative spirit by displaying or performing their own works of art for 24 hours in their front yards or balconies for the public. Looking for some inspiration? Follow our Pinterest Page or Like our Facebook Page.
Currently with over 1800 Facebook page members, those who register their efforts by will be included on the online map, online interactive directory, and printable PDF Street Guide. Also provided to registered participants will be Yard Art Day signs for easier recognition by passing motorists and persons traveling past.
"My passions throughout life have remained the same – friends, family (including my four-legged members), art, photography and gardening. There is one word "Timshel" (Hebrew, choice between good and evil) which is meaningful to me and a quote that says it all "Be the kind of woman, that when your feet hit the ground in the morning, the devil says OH CRAP SHE'S UP."
Hello all yardists – tomorrow is YARD ART DAY. Our third annual one. Get out on bikes, in cars or on foot and enjoy all the diverse creativity. This year there’s plenty to not only see but in some instances you can participate.
For example, check out the Dance Jam at Audrey Barn’s yard at 5pm, or listen to some music on a front porch, and then there’s an amazing metal sculpture done by the talented Juan Logan in Belmont (in fact he has his own mini YAD event for the day). Plus we’ve got yardists in Boston, Telluride, South Carolina, and locations in Michigan where one “yardist” is planning on putting art not only in her lakeside yard but on a boat and riding around the lake for YAD.
You’ll find many outdoor exhibits well beyond the boundaries of Charlotte – Huntersville, Mooresville, Waxhaw, Matthews, etc. Please be sure to look at the beautiful welcome mats done by homeless artists in Cassandra Mooney’s yard on The Plaza. A reminder of how lucky we all are to have yards.
Then there’s Ilisa Millermoon and Linda Vista (Godmother of YAD) who have year-round yard art but each year add some new additions for Yard Art Day. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the roaming “CAR-digan” – a car covered in knitting done by Amy Rogers, Salem MacKnee, and fellow knitters. So many good ones this year. Too many to list so get out and see them – venture into new neighborhoods. Yard art knows no boundaries.
Take some good photos and video of your yard art. I’d love to see them and have them for my final slideshow that I do each year.
Now go get your yard art on and I hope to see some of you tomorrow.