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!

Whether you’ve participated before or want to get involved for the first time, we have lots of ideas to help you celebrate. Here are four easy ways to bring NAHM to your community this October—and check our resources page for even more event ideas and tools.

  • Join our 31-day Instagram challenge and encourage others to join, too! Find our daily themes and post along with us all month long using #ShowYourArt2019.
  • Ask for a local government proclamation. Your mayor, city council, even your governor can officially declare National Arts & Humanities Month—and our sample proclamation (Word document download) will make it easy. (If you get one, make sure to send it to us!)
  • Get the word out to the media, even if you’ve never spoken to the press before! Read our tips on working with the media (PDF download) to garner attention for your events. Download our press release template (Word document download) and customize it for your community. Or, get advice on how to write an op-ed or letter to the editor (PDF download) for your local paper.
  • Host a Creative Conversation in your community. Gather local leaders (make it formal, or not!) to discuss the topic “How is the past shaping the future of the arts?”. Learn more about how to start or find an event on our Creative Conversations resource page.

Tell Us What You're Up To

Participating in this year's #ShowYourArt2019 Instagram campaign? Will your city have a National Arts & Humanities Month proclamation? We want to know how you and your organization are participating in National Arts & Humanities Month! Take a moment to fill out our National Arts & Humanities Month Interest Form letting us know what you have planned. 


Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about National Arts & Humanities Month.

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