October is National Arts & Humanities Month


The decades-long tension between two superpower countries was coming to an end and new art forms, including music videos, were changing the direction of the arts. In 1985, the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts started National Arts & Humanities Week, which later became a month-long celebration in 1993.

A coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America, National Arts & Humanities Month has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. Every October, communities across the United States join together to recognize the cultural gems surrounding them and their importance in our lives. The arts provide an outlet for idea exploration, emotional expression, and the ability to observe the cultural diversity of our planet.

How can you get involved? No matter your age or background, you can see a play, attend a local gallery’s open house, write your member of Congress asking for more arts funding, or participate in a poetry open mic night. The possibilities are endless!

You can also get involved on social media by sharing pictures and videos of your art with #ShowYourArt. Center your Instagram posts around these daily themes all throughout October:

1. Dance
2. Yellow
3. Visual Art
4. Animals
5. Fashion
6. Literature
7. Purple
8. Art in your town
9. Music
10. Handcrafts/DIY
11. Red
12. Theatre
13. The word “art”
14. Doodling
15. Tattoos
16. Digital art
17. Green
18. Movies/film
19. Sculpture
20. Hidden art
21. Art in schools
22. Blue
23. Culinary art
24. Art in nature
25. Photography
26. Art supplies
27. Architecture
28. Art indoors
29. Typographic art
30. Orange
31. Artists’ choice

Get creative and have fun!

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