Frequently Asked Questions - National Arts And Humanities Month
National Arts & Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and newspaper articles, communities across the United States join together to recognize the cultural gems surrounding them.
Every individual can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month, whether you are a school teacher, a doctor, a fourth-grader, or a grandmother. You can see a play, attend a local art gallery's open house, write your member of Congress asking for more arts funding, or participate in a poetry open mic night. Make sure to let us know what you plan on doing to celebrate by signing up your event on the ArtsMeet Calendar.
In addition to providing a National calendar for National Arts and Humanities events across the country and providing tools and resources for local organizations to host Creative Conversations and other arts events, Americans for the Arts holds both the National Arts Awards and the BCA 10 gala in New York City. The Arts Awards honors artists and arts leaders who exhibit exemplary national leadership and whose work demonstrates extraordinary artistic achievement with their National Arts Awards, and the BCA 10 recognize U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. Americans for the Arts also holds Creative Conversations—dynamic discussions and gatherings for young arts leaders—throughout the month. This year, Americans for the Arts is also holding two blog salons during National Arts & Humanities Month, one on arts marketing from Oct. 6 – 10 and the second on giving to and volunteering with the arts from Oct. 20 – 24. We also curate photos and videos that people share on instagram using the hashtags #NAHM and #ShowYourArt to display all the wonderful art and art events taking place across the country throughout the month.
The arts and humanities play an important role in our lives—they provide enrichment and strive to provide enlightening and transformational experiences to the broadest possible cross section of the American public. The arts allow us to explore ideas, express emotions, and better appreciate cultures from around the world. National Arts & Humanities Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the positive impact the arts bring to our schools and communities.
National Arts & Humanities Month grew out of National Arts Week, which the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts started in 1985. It became a month-long celebration in 1993.
Americans for the Arts is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education in America. Its broad network and 50+ years of service with local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders allows National Arts & Humanities Month to truly be a national celebration.
National Arts & Humanities Month is a free national event. Americans for the Arts encourages organizations to offer discounted or free events in their communities—such as open houses, art walks, or demonstrations—in an effort to encourage maximum participation. However, there are often marketing and logistical costs involved in planning these activities.
Currently Americans for the Arts cannot provide funding support for other organizations' National Arts & Humanities Month activities.
Yes. Each year The White House issues a proclamation recognizing National Arts & Humanities Month. The U.S. Conference of Mayors and many states and communities throughout the country also issue annual proclamations.