October is National Arts and Humanities Month


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The organization Americans for the Arts has declared October as “National Arts and Humanities Month.” So what does that mean? They are encouraging people to create events and get their community involved, and they have this page full of ideas, including “Community Visioning Forums” and “Creative Communications.”

They also encourage simple ways for individuals to participate, such as showcasing your own art (or for teachers, your students’ art) via social media with the hashtag #ShowYourArt2017 and #NAHM. Another suggestion – one that I would hope people would do every month, not just in October – is to “grab a friend and go to a museum, a play, a festival, or outdoor concerts.”

Here’s a couple of my paintings for the #ShowYourArt2017 idea …


An extension of this #ShowYourArt2017 idea is outlined below, with a suggested theme for every day of the month:

show your art 2017 daily themes

Americans for the Arts has the mission to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. They aim to connect the best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, and work together to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

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