It’s Time For Fun-A-Day!

From “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.

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?

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!!

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