October is National Arts & Humanities Month, launched more than 30 years ago by Americans for the Arts. We at Artivate admire and strive to encompass their goals:
FOCUSING on equitable access to the arts at local, state, and national levels;
ENCOURAGING individuals, organizations, and diverse communities to participate in the arts;
ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts;
RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
From the Americans for the Arts website:
“The arts and humanities have played a critically important role in getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic and in amplifying the need for racial equity across the country. National Arts & Humanities Month is the time for communities to come together in unified celebration of the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better.”
Artivate works year-round with hundreds of schools, libraries, and other institutions to incorporate professional performing, visual, and literary arts experiences into curricula, conversations, and communities. Our culturally diverse roster includes musicians, dancers, storytellers, theater and visual artists, many of whom embody their heritage and traditions through their programs. Presenters across the region come to us for the quality and experience of our artists, as well as the richness and diversity of the programming.
“[These] programs are educational and inspiring, and teach our youth to be more open-minded and respectful of those who might not look like them or come from the same background …The artists provide important reminders of what makes us all human.”
– Robert L. Green, Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, formerly Warden at MCCF
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