Something for the New Year – #TheJanuaryChallenge2021 wants you to make the entire month of January your creative ‘playful prompt’ by linking your emotions with your creativity, to boost your mental health.
#TheJanuaryChallenge2021 by 64 Million Artists, now in its eighth year, will see the public join up with poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE, writer, artist and part-time superhero Jess Thom aka Touretteshero, and journalist and author Yomi Adegoke – in using ‘art therapy’ to boost ‘self-confidence’ and ‘general well-being’ as a whole.
Participants will see their creative ideas selected and curated by 64 Million Artists collaborators Lemn Sissay, Touretteshero or Yomi Adegoke.
There will be a choice of 31 creative activities to take part in, one for every day of the month of January, and the contest judges will each give away a prize at random to one of the challenge setters.
Aimed at inspiring the public to ‘do, think and share’ their creativity as a tool for having a positive impact on their wellbeing, the January Challenge 2021 wants ‘to build a sense of community across the nation’.
Lemn Sissay, poet and broadcaster, says: “Creativity is not the monopoly of artists, it’s in all of us, it always was…it is in the mothers who have to negotiate their child’s wellbeing on a daily basis, it’s in the taxi driver who looks at the stars in the night sky and believes them to be miraculous. It’s in all of us!”
Jo Hunter, co-founder and CEO, 64 Million Artists comments: “This will be the 8th year of The January Challenge and it is well loved by its participants. With so much more community building and creativity happening online we felt it was time to shake up the model and bring new voices into the creative process. We are so excited to have Lemn, Jess and Yomi working together with us to create what we hope will be the best January Challenge to date.”
Submissions for the challenge does not need any financial investment and those taking part are encouraged to use resources widely available at home or in other living spaces.
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