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October 5, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

October is National Arts & Humanities Month

Every day we celebrate the arts, but October is the month to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts and Humanities Month – the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation!

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

From hosting a Creative Conversation or arts center open house to securing a mayoral proclamation or better newspaper coverage of the arts, people in every community across the United States can celebrate NAHM by helping recognize the contributions of cultural organizations in their region.

One example of an Indiana community celebrating NAHM is Columbus, Indiana. The Columbus Area Arts Council is hosting “Downtown Doodles” in collaboration with the members of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association. The Arts Council will provide special cocktail napkins to participating members of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association (DCIRA). Patrons of participating restaurants will be provided one of the napkins for the sole purpose of doodling. Diners can let their imaginations run wild; the only constraint is the size of the napkin. On October 15, the Arts Council will pick up the doodles, sort through them, and assemble them into an exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed at Hotel Indigo’s Phi Gallery during the month of November and the public is invited to attend a reception at Hotel Indigo on Thursday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m.

How are you celebrating NAHM? If you have something planned, register your event on the Armericans for the Arts National Arts and Humanities Month website at http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/create_event.asp. Need event ideas? You’ll find them there too!

Join the celebration!

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