National Arts and Humanities Month


On September 30, 2013, President Obama made an official Presidential Proclamation declaring October to be National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). First celebrated in October of 1985, NAHM is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation.

“Our history is a testament to the boundless capacity of the arts and humanities to shape our views of democracy, freedom, and tolerance,” said the President. “Each of us knows what it is like to have our beliefs changed by a writer’s perspective, our understanding deepened by a historian’s insight, or our waning spirit lifted by a singer’s voice. These are some of the most striking and memorable moments in our lives, and they reflect lasting truths — that the arts and humanities speak to everyone and that in the great arsenal of progress, the human imagination is our most powerful tool.”

According to Americans for the Arts, the coordinator of October’s NAHM,  the month is being celebrated through everything from“arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage;  communities across the United States are joining together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives.”

Because democracy demands wisdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. This is accomplished by funding your proposals! Make a lasting impact on the future of the humanities by applying to one of our upcoming grants here.

To find past and future NAHM events click here.

To read the entire Presidential Proclamation click here