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What is Delaware Fun-A-Day?
Fun-A-Day is a FREE, all-ages, all skill sets & experience, nonjuried, community-centric art project. Participants choose a project and produce one piece of artwork every day for the entire month of February. The 28 resulting pieces create a narrative outlining each artist’s journey throughout the month.
Delaware Fun-A-Day is not a formal organization or a non-profit. We are just a group of volunteers who were inspired to bring this event, which originated in Philly with the Artclash Collective, to Delaware and we are now in our 8th year!
How much does it cost?
Delaware Fun-A-Day is a free, donation-based event! This means that all of the expenses are paid by donations from volunteer organizers, supporters and participants. This is where we can really, really use your help. Donations help us to rent a large, accessible space, pay for hanging materials and web hosting, and pay for marketing materials like postcards, and enable us to keep Fun-A-Day free for the community. If everyone who participates makes a donation, the entire event can be fully funded for the year. We do not retain any of the money donated for the project, using it as a deposit for future events only.
When is the event?
The MAIN EVENT, when you are making things, starts February 1, 2019 and runs through February 28! The show opens March 8th and runs through March 17th!
Opening Night - Friday March 8th from 4-8pm.
Additional hours to view the art:
March 9-10 from 9am-1pm
March 11-15 from 9am-6pm
March 16-17 from 9am-1pm
Where is this all taking place?
We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 show will be at a new venue The Center for the Creative Arts. We are spreading the love around Delaware and are excited to introduce you all to new art space to explore. The Center for the Creative Arts is located at 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Hockessin (Yorklyn), DE 19707 - Free admission & plenty of free parking!
Previously, Delaware Fun-A-Day was held at The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington from 2013-2017 and Market Street, Wilmington in 2012, and at World Cafe Live, Wilmington in 2011.
Who is invited to participate?
Creative persons of all ages, skill sets and levels of experience are invited to attend. Delaware Fun-A-Day is (no surprise) focused on serving the Delaware community, but if you can have your artwork to us by March 7th – you’re as welcome as anyone else! Drop off times and locations will be sent to the participants (make sure you are getting our email!) and listed on the website.
What are the size restrictions and how should I prepare for the show?
2D Work must be no bigger than 6x6 or 5x7 per piece. Think Small! All work needs to be submitted ready to hang, with hanging materials. Most work is not framed. The style of hanging is typically painters tape, or pushpins on the edges. Please refer to photos of past exhibitions. If work is framed or mounted the frame and/ or mount must not exceed our size restrictions [i.e. if each piece is framed, the frame may not exceed 5"x7" or 6"x6". If all pieces are mounted onto one display piece, the entire display piece cannot exceed the 30" x 36" size restrictions.] Hanging preferences should be included with submission (or discussed with the Fun-A-Day organizers, if there are questions). Please note, that due to space limitations we do our best to display as asked, but may not be able to accommodate preferences. 3D work should be small and fit on a 3'x3' table- please contact the Fun-A-Day organizers to coordinate.
Digital media and written works ARE welcome and encouraged! For digital artists we have electric outlets to hook into and can display your work digitally via projector or TV monitor. For written works such as poems or passages, you can print them and mounted together for display. Want to read your works aloud for attendees? Reach out to us, we can possibly setup a space for you to do a live reading.
I don't know what to do as my theme. What should I do?
Themes are not required, but are very helpful! Past participants have done everything from a painting of a dog a day, a photo of a place they love a day, a poem about something that irks them a day, an embroidery of a leaf a day, a drawing of a celebrity a day, a collage a day, an origami flower a day, a pattern a day, a cutout bird a day, 3D model a day... look at our previous events to get some ideas. You'll be doing something every day, so aim high, but be reasonable!
Why should I participate?
So glad you asked! Ready for a Top 10 countdown? OK!
Your art! In a show! IN AN AMAZING ART GALLERY!
Want to sell your artwork, too? No problem. You receive 100% of anything you sell – we take no commissions as all sales are handled privately by you after the show ends.
It’s free to participate and free to attend!
It’s inclusive. On every level.
The sense of accomplishment you will feel at the end will be CRAZY! Whether it’s the thrill of FINALLY being done or the of excitement of wrapping up 28 totally awesome days of creativity.
Say goodbye to procrastination and hello to completion! You can’t just say you’re going to work on your portrait series / new Etsy shop listings / photo portfolio / short story later. You’ve got a deadline!
It helps break you out of a creative funk or dry spell.
It gets you through the suck. Real talk: sometimes perfection can be a total productivity buster. By having a limited amount of time to work, you’re forced to accept things as they are – which is totally cool!
Challenge yourself. Thinking creatively is probably easy peas for you. Making new art in 2019 – probably not much of a challenge. Doing a task for 28 days in a row isn’t totally impossible, either. But doing both at once? That's something.
You will become part of a community. You may think we’re cheeseballin’ but you will get to meet so many new and talented artists that will keep you inspired the other 337 days of the year!
How do I get my work to the organizers for the show?
On the Registration page we have posted drop off locations and times - they will be in Wilmington, Newark, and Hockessin on the first days of March. Please contact the Fun-A-Day organizers to work out drop off if these times do not work for you.
Where do I sign up?
Registration is CLOSED for 2019. But stay tuned for 2020 sign ups by following us on social media or joining our newsletter :)