Celebrate, recognize, engage, promote, support, and enjoy the arts and humanities during October, because it’s National Arts and Humanities Month! Americans for the Arts (AFA) organizes this nation-wide initiative (started in 1993) to recognize the importance of the arts and humanities in our communities and lives! AFA provides tools and resources for local organizations to host Creative Conversations, and hosts the National Arts Awards and the Best Business Partners in America 10 Gala in New York City during October as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.
The Ohio Arts Council has on its web site information about Arts and Humanities events in Ohio and also a list of ideas about how individuals and communities can recognize and promote Arts and Humanities Month. Suggestions include sharing information about the importance of the arts and humanities with state legislators, local government officials, boards of education, and local media; asking local businesses to feature student artwork in their workplace or store-front; use social media to highlight local artists and arts events.
To learn more about Arts and Humanities Month see http://www.oac.state.oh.us/events/artsandhumanitiesmonth.asp and http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/national-arts-and-humanities-month
The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities. The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association ( www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association ( www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association ( www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ( www.oaae.net).