World Collage Day is May 8th, 2021

World Collage Day is an annual, international celebration of collage on the Second Saturday of May. Initiated by Kolaj Magazine in 2018, we invited artists and art venues to hold events on that day to celebrate collage. World Collage Day is about artists connecting across borders against a global context of entrenchment and separation. And the day is about an art medium that excels at bringing different things together to create new forms and new ways of thinking. Ric Kasini Kadour, the editor of Kolaj Magazine, writes, “We created World Collage Day because we wanted to honour this community of artists and to remind the world what a spirit of cooperation, mutual support, and creativity can look like.” The next World Collage Day is May 8th, 2021.



How-To World Collage Day

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 2PM EST


In this online forum, we will hear from artists about their experience hosting World Collage Day events and activities in the past and what they are planning for 2021. Folks from Kolaj Magazine will offer a primer on creating your own event or activity. We will talk about how World Collage Day will unfold in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we will reveal the 2021 World Collage Day Poster Artist. Bring your ideas and questions! VISIT KOLAJ LIVE ONLINE FOR DETAILS



Submit a Cut-Out Page to the Special Edition

Deadline: January 31, 2021. In honor of World Collage Day, Kolaj Magazine will issue a Special Edition of the magazine that features Cut-Out Pages and articles about the collage community. A Cut-Out Page is a selection of fragments that one can use to make a collage. The feature reflects artists' styles and approaches to collage making and shows how artists select and organize fragments. People use the Cut-Out Pages to make collage. For instructions on how to make and submit a Cut-Out Page, visit the Call to Artists. The deadline is January 31, 2021 to be considered for the World Collage Day 2021 Special Edition. MORE



Seeking World Collage Day Poster Artist

Deadline: January 31, 2021. Each year, Kolaj Magazine works with a collage artist to make a poster and other marketing collateral for the annual event. This year, we want to hear from artists who are interested in being considered. The 2021 World Collage Day Poster Artist will receive a $500 stipend and work with Kolaj staff to develop a series of elements and backgrounds that will be adapted to various marketing collateral. The work will be completed by the end of February.

To apply, send an email to with 1) the link to your listing in the Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory; 2) a sentence or two about the themes or concepts that you’d like to work with; 3) any experience you have working with marketing teams. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.


Organize an Event or Project

One of the many remarkable things about collage is its ability to extend across borders and to involve people regardless of skill level. Professional artists at the top of their game sit side by side with members of the general public who are picking up scissors for the first time. This is unique in an art world that often trades on hierarchy and status. The collage community is generous and kind and welcoming. It is one of our greatest strengths. On World Collage Day 2021, let's show the world how we do that.

World Collage Day 2021 takes place during a time when much of the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage everyone thinking about a World Collage Day event or project to take responsibility for educating themselves about the needs of their community. We encourage you to follow guidelines set out by health officials and be mindful that these may evolve and change over time.

If in-person gatherings are safe and possible in your community in May 2021, we invite artists, art centres, museums, galleries, schools, and communities to celebrate World Collage Day by hosting events and projects that bring communities together. Ideas include collage making meet-ups, docent-led tours of collage in a museum or gallery, activities for kids, slideshows or talks that appreciate collage’s role in contemporary art and art history, exhibitions of collage, and more. We invite people to come together around collage in their own communities and to connect to the world digitally using the hashtag #WorldCollageDay. When planning in-person events, consider who that may pivot to virtual events if circumstances in the community change.

If it looks unlikely that in-person gatherings in your community will be possible, consider a project that manifests the spirit of World Collage Day in a safe and responsible way. This may take the shape of a Window Exhibition, sharing Collage Starter Packs for your neighbors, or organizing an online Collage Happy Hour.

Now is the time to plan and whatever you decide to do, we want to hear about it. To get inspired, check out past events and projects on the History page.

Whatever you decide to do, we want to hear about it. Submit the event to us using this online tool and we will announce your event on the World Collage Day website and through our social media.

Submit your event or project by April 15th, 2021.


Share your ideas

Send an email with your ideas, dreams, hopes for World Collage Day.

Got a story to share? We are looking for stories from artists about how they started with collage, what the medium means to them, or other interesting anecdotes. Send an email with your ideas.

Spread the Word

You don't have to wait until May 8th, 2021 to use the hashtag #WorldCollageDay. Hop on social media. Post images. Share what you will be doing to celebrate World Collage Day. Contact your local media and let them know about World Collage Day and ask them to cover the event in your area. Follow Kolaj Magazine on Social Media:


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World Collage Day 2021 is produced by
Kolaj Magazine
& Kolaj Institute
with a gift of support from Laurie and Doug Kanyer.

About Kolaj Magazine

Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. We are interested in collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century art movement. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini. Visit Kolaj Magazine online.


About Kolaj Institute

The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world.


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