President Proclaims October Arts/Humanities Month

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David Hammons African-American Flag, 1990
David Hammons African-American Flag, 1990
David Hammons
African-American Flag, 1990

Before Congress and President Obama closed the government to its public, the president proclaimed October to be National Arts and Humanities Month. Said Obama:

Throughout our history, America has advanced not only because of our people’s will or our leaders’ vision, but also because of paintings and poems, stories and songs, dramas and dances. These works open our minds and nourish our souls, helping us understand what it means to be human and what it means to be American. During National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate the rich heritage of arts and humanities that has long been at the core of our country’s story.

“…our leaders’ vision…” Hmmm…

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Anyway, despite the federal government’s much ballyhooed shutdown, American artists will continue to create paintings and poems, stories and songs, dramas and dances. And Obama urged the public to revel in it:

I call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to celebrate the arts and the humanities in America.

Meanwhile, the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Americans for the Arts is recommending some specific ways to celebrate:

National Arts & Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

From hosting a Creative Conversation or arts center open house to securing a mayoral proclamation or newspaper coverage of the arts, people in every community across the United States can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month by recognizing the contributions of cultural organizations in their region.

The arts group has also created a page where you can research and find a celebratory event occurring in your area, or even create an event to take part in the national soiree. You can find that here.