It’s Time For Fun-A-Day!

From www.artclash.com: “What is Fun-A-Day? The premise is simple: pick a project, do it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show. Started in 2004 by a group of friends in Philadelphia, Fun-A-Day began as a way to stay creative and motivate each other to make things through the winter. Now in its ninth year, Fun-A-Day has grown from its Philadelphia roots–in 2010 there were 10 Fun-A-Day shows, organized by different art collectives and groups of friends across the country. If there’s not a Fun-A-Day show in your community, consider organizing one. It’s fun, easy and you’ll probably meet new friends!”

My friends Frankie, Morgan, and myself, are organizing a Fun-A-Day event here in Montréal (Facebook event here). The perfect way to fight boredom and keep on goin’ through the winter. I thought I’d write here about what I’m working on, and also include suggestions for others – after all, January is only two days a way!

I’m gonna call my project Food-A-Day. One of my winter goals has been to cook more often and be less anxious about being in kitchens (seriously, I swear I live off of toast and cereal most days), so I’ll be documenting some of my meals and writing daily journal entries on various food-y memories, pizza dates, riots-not-diets… Food is a pretty broad topic that can take me on all kindsa tangents and I’m looking forward to it. In the end, it’ll probably turn into a zine (as I’m sure you may have already guessed).

Christmas Eve breakfast: Tofu scramble with sriracha, toast with avocado and alfalfa sprouts, banana smoothie.

Christmas Eve breakfast: Tofu scramble with sriracha, toast with avocado and alfalfa sprouts, banana smoothie.

When I was hangin’ with Dave Cave in the fall, he gave me a jar with alfalfa seeds, and told me how to sprout ‘em: put a couple tablespoons of seeds into a mason jar, seal it with cheesecloth, rinse it in the morning and at night et voilà – in a few days, you will have yourself some sprouts! So yummy, and fun to grow in the kitchen during the winter.

It may be too cold to grow things on the balcony, but it's never too cold to grow things in a jar!

It may be too cold to grow things on the balcony, but it’s not too cold to grow things in a jar!

Here are some ideas for things-to-do-a-day: Read a zine; create a self-portrait; make a comic; give something away; try a new tea; write a letter; call a friend; write a haiku; try a new recipe; say hello to a stranger; write down a secret; learn something new about yr neighbourhood; bake something and share it; mend an item of clothing; make a postcard; take a picture; draw something; write about a childhood memory; write a review; learn a new word in a second, third, fourth language; make a diorama; write a song; write down a fear, a hope, and a goal; tell your friends what you love about them; learn a dance move; play a game; pet a cat; make a poster; listen to an album you’ve never heard before… and document your daily efforts!

So, who else is participating in Fun-A-Day? And what are you gonna do?

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15 thoughts on “It’s Time For Fun-A-Day!

  1. You have permission to make the most terrible tasting food imaginable. You have permission to make “stupid” food.

    but what we REALLY want to know…..

    how are your bowels?

  2. I love this! Challenges that involve doing something every day are usually really good for me. I’m actually working out a list of something to do for each month of this year. January is read something everyday (to ease myself in/I’ve let myself get out of the habit) & prep for the following months.

    • That sounds really cool. I’m terrible with deadlines, but I love setting goals for myself and working on projects. I’d love to come up with something for every month! Keep me updated on yr progress. <3

  3. Hi Amber! What a coincidence, back in November I made a list of DIY things to do every day in a single month. I`ve never heard of Fun-a-Day but I got the idea from the Stolen Sharpie Revolution`s list of zine-related activities to do during Zine Appreciation Month. Many of the DIY activities I chose overlap the ones you listed on this blog. I did my DIY month all through December and documented each day on my blog. You can check it out if you`re interested. Maybe it`ll also give you some ideas for Fun-a-Day!
    Unfortunately, my DIY month was cut short on December 28 when I broke my right elbow and had to undergo surgery which I am still recovering from. So I can no longer make any decent art as long as my dominant hand is MIA. But it was definitely fun while it lasted :-)
    All the best and have fun!!
    Hadass

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