International Dot Day is an annual event celebrated globally on September 15. Have you ever thought you are a creative person? Let the answer be yes or no, and you be a kid or an adult. You can let out your creativity or see how much creative you are on this day. Yes, International Dot Day is a worldwide commemoration that celebrates Creativity, Courage, and Collaboration of the millions of people who possess power and potential.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs
History of International Dot Day
On 2009, International Dot Day was first celebrated and the day was established by Terry Shay. The day is a celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. The children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is the inspiration behind the celebration. The Dot Day by Terry Shay was first celebrated when he introduced the Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot to his classroom on September 15th-ish. The Dot Day has spread from this one classroom to a worldwide celebration each year now. The observance of the day also encourages people to express their creativity irrespective the ages. The inspiration for the day continues each year with the help of people just like you who express the creativity.
People of all ages can re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do with a dot. Something that has started as a story in the pages of a book is now remodeling teaching and learning activities around the world. It had also ignited a journey of self-discovery, sharing, and inspired countless children and adults around the world. The Dot is a picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds in the year 2003. The story is all about a girl named Vashti who says she cannot draw later discovers her artistic talent. Terry Shay was her teacher who encouraged and inspired her to let could her artistic nature.
When Vashti couldn’t trust herself, Terry Shay says her to make a mark and see where it takes her. Now Vashti draws a dot on paper, and her teacher asked her to sign it. The following week Vashti is surprised to see her dot framed on display in the teacher’s office. On seeing it, she said that she could make a better dot than that. Thus her simple dot has elaborated to colorful dots. She realized her artistic skills and later in her life she sees a boy who couldn’t draw a straight line, and it results in a whole new adventure.
Other Celebrations on September 15
September 15 is also celebrated as
- National Felt Hat Day
- National Greenpeace Day
- National Make a Hat Day
- International Day of Democracy
- Software Freedom Day
How to Celebrate International Dot Day
There are so many simple ways in which the International Dot Day can be celebrated. Read the book The Dot to get inspiration. You can draw your dots on a piece of paper or the white board to start it simple. Visit the official site of this day to get some inspirational pictures. You can even sign up online to download the Educator’s Handbook or get the Big Screen Books software that lets you create dot arts. Encourage children and adult to draw and bring out their artistic nature. You can post and share your news, photos, art, and videos or connect with people like you on the social media using the hashtag #InternationalDotDay.