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 the arts at local, state, and national levels;

ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations 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.

Get Involved!

Hosting an event is an easy way to celebrate NAHM in your community, like a Creative Conversation, an open house or special performance at a local arts venue, or a Community Vision Forum. Check out our resources page for event ideas and tools. 

We have tools to help you promote your event! Use our National ArtsMeet Calendar to promote your event and find others happening near you. (Don’t forget, you can use this calendar year round!)

We will be hosting our third annual National Creative Conversation on Facebook in October. This is your chance to connect and chat with other arts advocates across the country about the arts in our communities. The hour-long conversation will be driven by a series of questions around the topic “What is your power to create change in/through the arts?” Stay tuned for details, then please help us spread the word by inviting your colleagues, networks, friends, and anyone with an interest in the arts to join the Facebook event!

You can secure a proclamation from your elected officials to make National Arts & Humanities Month an official annual commemoration of the arts in your city or town. Use our sample proclamation and customize to your community. Make sure to send us your proclamations!

Join the Celebration!

Show Your Art is a social media campaign designed to engage arts advocates on local, state, and national levels, and to bring awareness of National Arts and Humanities Month to the public. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share images on Instagram, and we repost some of our favorites throughout the month.

Last year’s campaign once again featured a unique theme every day in October, including activism art, edible art, tattoos, poetry, typography, and so much more. View last year’s theme graphic here — details about the 2018 campaign will be available soon.

Have ideas? Share them with staff by clicking on the staff liaison link.

Connect with us and with the celebration on social media!

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