This October, Americans for the Arts once again will celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM), a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Now in its 36th year, with roots dating back to the first National Arts Week in 1985, National Arts & Humanities Month focuses on equitable access, encouraging participation, and allowing businesses and governments to show support for the arts, while raising public awareness of the role the arts and humanities play in our lives every day.
Individuals and organizations can use National Arts & Humanities Month as a starting point to advocate for the arts and raise awareness about its role in our communities and lives—not just for the month, but throughout the entire year! Here are a few of the ways you can join Americans for the Arts in celebrating NAHM:
Adapted from the Americans For The Arts website:
- Local proclamations are a wonderful way that your mayor, city council, or your city (or county) in general can easily show its support for the arts and culture. Anyone can make the ask, and there are resources and a how-to guide to help walk you through the process!
- As Congress works to pass a budget for FY22, arts advocacy will be critical over the next few months to enact a historic funding increase for the National Endowment for the Arts. A social media toolkit has been created and allows you to easily spread the word and ask others to contact their senators in support of $201 million for the NEA.
- October is the perfect time to Show Your Art! This 31-day Instagram challenge features a unique theme each day of the month to inspire you to express yourself and celebrate the power and diversity of the arts in our lives. Download and share the theme graphic with your friends and encourage them to join in the fun!
Celebrate Filipino American History Month
Celebrated in October, Filipino American (Fil-Am) History Month honors the history, pursuits, accomplishments, and legacy of Filipinos in the United States. It also serves to provide a link between Filipinos in the U.S. and Filipinos in the Philippines by showcasing their shared culture and heritage.
Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the second largest ethnic group in California. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, when Luzones Indios, native Filipino sailors conscripted into the Spanish navy as labor during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade, came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California, on Oct. 18, 1587. After years of advocacy by individuals and organizations, in 2009 the United States Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month. Various states, counties, and cities in the U.S. have established proclamations and resolutions declaring observance of Filipino American History Month.
In celebration of Fil-Am History Month this year, the Filipino American National History Society (FANHS) is highlighting the 50th anniversary of the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention, which took place at Seattle University in 1971 and brought together 300 young Filipino American participants from the West Coast of the United States. The convention is hailed as the beginning of the Filipino American Movement and helped bring to light issues like Filipino farmworkers rights and anti-martial law to the forefront of the Filipino American Movement. This year, FANHS is honoring the youth who have advocated, and continue to advocate, for social justice for the Filipino American community for the past 50 years.
Adapted from the Filipino American National Historical Society website.
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