October is National Arts and Humanities Month

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).

About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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