Check the two toolkits below to help you plan an event:
Do-It-Yourself Community Visioning Forums
Everything you need for a 3-hour visioning and planning conversation that you can host yourself with friends inside and outside the arts to think about how the arts can help make healthier, more vibrant, more equitable communities.
Gather community leaders to discuss local arts, culture, and creativity to generate partnerships and increased energy around the grassroots movement
Ways Individuals Can Celebrate
- Participate in #ShowYourArt, a social media campaign for people in communities across the country to showcase their art and the art they love during the month of October. Hashtag your Instagram photos and videos using #ShowYourArt and #NAHM. Americans for the Arts will feature select photos throughout the month-long National Arts and Humanities Month campaign.
- Grab a friend and go to a museum, a play, a festival, or outdoor concerts. Have kids? Make it a family outing!
- Try something new and take a class in creative writing, dance, painting, or whatever strikes your fancy.
- Unveil a new project, product, or service during National Arts & Humanities Month.
- Make a video about what the arts mean to you and post it on YouTube. Don't forget to send us the link!
- Enjoy the arts with people you love. Sing, play music, read a book, dance or draw together.
- Write to your member of Congress, letting him/her how important arts and arts education funding is to you, your family and your community.
Promoting Your National Arts and Humanities Month Event
After you’ve created a National Arts & Humanities Month event, the next step is to reach out to your community. Here are some ways to encourage friends, neighbors, colleagues, and members of your community to take part in the arts this October!
- Register your event or activity on the Americans for the Arts ArtsMeet Calendar.
- Send a press release/media alert to your local news outlets. Use our sample press release or sample media alert to get started.
- Advertise on a local event website or add to a calendar of events in your local newspaper or newsletter.
- Think of your own creative ways to spark interest!
- Arrange for emails and fliers about National Arts & Humanities Month to be sent to your local community through Chamber of Commerce or Community organizers. Include information about local artists and events.
- Write an op-ed piece, letter to the editor, or editorial for your local newspaper.
- Get artists involved by asking them to reach out to their networks via social media and in person about the event. They can also design posters, bumper stickers, and buttons to promote National Arts & Humanities Month in popular community gathering spots such as coffee shops, libraries, hotels, etc., and shared on social media (be sure to give the artist proper credit!). You are free to use the National Arts and Humanities Month logo on your materials—download a hi-res JPG, a lo-res JPG or a hi-res JPG of the NAHM star.
- Showcase your event on social media and share with your community. Send reminder emails to friends and co-workers, and ask your network to share your posts.
Don’t have time to host an event? No problem!
Lead #ShowYourArt Locally!
The purpose of the NAHM #ShowYourArt campaign is to encourage all Americans to start a lifelong habit of active art participation by showcasing the vibrant and varied art happening locally and across the country every day. We want artists, students, amateurs, families, elected officials, business owners, and anyone who loves the arts to #ShowYourArt and highlight local arts, culture, and creativity.
Inspired by Upper Arlington, Ohio's week-long social media challenge in 2015, last year's national campaign featured a unique theme every day in October. Check back soon for theme details. We’ll provide a shareable graphic about the campaign that you can post to Instagram to get your followers involved.