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|4.1 - What does it mean?|
Wonder what the 4.1 stands for in the AN logo?
It was originally a secret code for April 1st.
We've endeavored to make April 1st of every year a day of unity and celebration for artists, animation enthusiasts and creative people in general.
On the day of April 1st, artists the world over are encouraged to come together in an affirmation of our collective power.
We first did this in 1999. It was called the Great Alliance. It was held at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. At the time, the community here in Los Angeles was factioned. There was a lot going on that was detrimental to our community and commonwealth. We were playing into the hands of an executive culture in animation that was badly managing our industry. We've made a lot of progress since then thanks in large part to the movement that was started by AnimationNation.
April 1st is a day in which animation artists are encouraged to unite for just one day in a show of collective brotherhood and sisterhood. To remind the world that without artists, there would be no animation industry.
On April 1st, artists in Los Angeles and everywhere else that would like come together and share a common unifying experience. We converge to make April 1st "Animation Day".
We do it every year, so please mark your calendars for April 1, 2009 and be a part of this as the spirit moves you.
Plan on participating, either here or at some other location where animation artists organize locally. Encourage your employer to observe Animation Day in some special way. If you're a student, talk to your school administrators about making Animation Day on April 1st of each year something special.
Animation Day - April 1, 2009.