Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas
Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Today’s blog celebrates the 10th year anniversary of of Art Every Day Month.

Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas
Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas

AEDM is the brainchild of Leah Piken Kolidas, an artist who is one of my digital diva sheroes and a 2012 Digital Sister of the Year (Creativista). Leah launched AEDM in 2004 as a month-long challenge that happens every November to encourage creating in all forms. The rules are simple. You are free to make just one piece of art per week or just one for the whole month. Leah says, “The idea is to bring more creativity into your life, not to make you feel overwhelmed, pressured or guilt-stricken.”

Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas
Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas

She is also the founder of Creative Every Day Challenge, a challenge that was launched in 2008 to encourage individuals to add more creativity to their daily lives.  Click here to learn more about the challenge.

Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas
Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas

I discovered AEDM in 2008 when I was in the midst of a serious writer’s block. Making art each day helped me recapture my joie de vivre! It also helped me surrender to the creative process of making art without any judgment. After a few weeks, I was able to return to my writing with more clarity and energy.

The AEDM community is nurturing and supportive. Through their daily posts on the AEDM blog and Flickr group, they taught me how to create art on the go and to leave the judgment behind. I was able to see the beauty and fun in making art just for the sake of making art. The community reminded me how essential art-making is to my spirit. That’s why I plan to join the AEDM challenge this November to celebrate its 10th anniversary. I hope you will join us too.

Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas
Photo Credit: Leah Piken Kolidas

For AEDM newbies, be sure to check out the AEDM Survival Guide for tips on how to thrive throughout this 30 day adventure in daily art-making.

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PS: My new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online discusses Leah and the power of AEDM in my blogging and creative life. Visit Amazon.com to purchase the book.

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