October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:
- FOCUSING on equitable access to the arts at local, state, and national levels;
- ENCOURAGING individuals, organizations, and diverse communities to participate in the arts;
- ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and
- RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
The arts and humanities have played a critically important role in getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic and in amplifying the need for racial equity across the country. National Arts & Humanities Month is the time for communities to come together in unified celebration of the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better.
Whether you’ve participated before or want to get involved for the first time, we have lots of ideas to help you celebrate. Here are some easy ways to promote National Arts & Humanities Month in your community this October. We have samples, graphics, images, and several other items to help you with this celebration. Some ideas are:
- Join the 31-day Instagram challenge and encourage others to join, too!
- Request a proclamation.
- Use the toolkit to advocate for the National Endowment for the Art.
- Get the word out to the media through press releases or events.