“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.
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.”
Well .. it’s like this. This year, I ran into some of life’s glitches that threw my schedule way out of whack. As a result I ran out of time to get the signs designed, printed and time to raise the funds to pay for signage.
So instead of feeling defeated or disappointed I instead am opting to ask you all to do the following:
- Use your last year’s sign. Good to recycle.
- If you have a large-format printer (or want to run out to Kinko’s to print one there), feel free to download and print this file.
- Or as part of your creative process – create your own sign as part of your Yard Art Day installation. I’d love to see what you do. Share photos please.
Most of you may not know this, but the YAD team is basically two people … myself and Tom Petaccia (he does the website, application, and map). And being self-employed sometimes leaves little time to produce Yard Art Day.
Each year I think this might be it’s last but the encouragement and joy of the YAD community keeps me going strong from year to year. I thank each and every one of you who have participated in YAD or those who just simply reach out and tell me how much you look forward to it each year. It brings me so much happiness to feel in some small way that I contribute to the joy on this planet.
FYI, the plan the for next year is to finally get non-profit status and apply for a major grant or get a big sponsor so that I can devote more time to YAD.
The point isn’t the sign. The point isn’t even the art. It’s the delight of letting your inner kid out to play for the day, to share with your neighbors – your family. It’s the journey of being creative of spirit.
Now go get your yard art on.
The earth without art is just “eh”
– Deborah Triplett