Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month information is out….

2017-2018 WAEA-YAM Deadlines and Important Dates

Flag/Banner design – Due Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

Fri., February 2    Flag/Banner designs due digitally to Nancy Jordan at
March 2                Design made into vinyl flag/banner and shipped to national YAM chair in Wisconsin
March 22-24        Flag/Banner and YAM student artwork displayed at NAEA-YAM Museum in Seattle, WA
Fri., May 18          Flag/banner presented at OSPI High School Art Opening in Olympia, Washington, 1-3 p.m.


Student Art Exhibition – Due date: Friday, February 16, 2018 (MSD school district closed Feb. 20-24)

Fri., February 16     Artwork due to Harbour Pointe Middle School, Mukilteo, WA by 4 p.m.
Wed., February 28 Artwork judged by Schack Art Center staff, and teachers informed
March 1-April 16    Exhibition Dates, Schack Art Center, Everett
Thurs., March 8      Awards Celebration, Schack Art Center, Everett, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Find out more on the YAM page

2017-18 YAM Information and forms (DOWNLOAD)

Mark you calendars for two upcoming exhibits at the Schack Art Center!

The work of eight Mexican/Chicano artists are featured from April 27 through June 3. The art showcases a rich history that exists as a result of Mexican migration to the Northwest.

The Dance of the Black Fish, 2016, Oil/canvas, Alfredo Arreguin

Over the Rainbow: Alfredo Arreguín April 27 – June 3
Opening Reception: April 27, 5-8pm

This solo exhibit will be a small retrospective covering many periods of his work since arriving in the Pacific Northwest more than six decades ago. For decades Arreguín has specialized in creating canvases exploding with ornate patterns and bright colors. His paintings often include imagery of pre-Columbian cultures, the landscapes of Mexico and portraits of iconic cultural figures such as the painter Frida Kahlo.


CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the PNW  April 27 – June 3  Main Gallery
Guest curated by Dr. Lauro H. Flores
The exhibit, “CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the Pacific NW” will showcase the rich history and art that exists as a result of the Mexican migration to the Northwest.

The curator, Dr. Flores, explains that the works included will “epitomize the diversity of our community and the range of interests and activities that have defined the evolution of a Chicano/Mexican aesthetic expression in the Pacific Northwest over the last sixty years.

WA State Fair’s 30th Annual Jr/Sr HS Art Show

Hello Teachers, Students, and Artists:

The Washington State Fair is pleased to offer young artists from the Northwest an opportunity to showcase their best work at the Fair’s 30th annual Junior/Senior High School Art Show. Students, grades 6-12 enrolled in a middle school, junior high, high school or home school equivalent, are invited to participate in what many consider to be the area’s most prestigious show for the artistic community’s younger generation. Thousands of people will view your students’ artwork during the 20 days of the Fair. September 1 – 24, 2017 (Closed Tuesdays & Wed 9/6)

REGISTER ENTRIES ONLINE FIRST between March 1 and June 1

Step-by-Step Instructions


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Washington State Fair Jr/Sr High Art Show on-line Entry Registration


Friday, June 2, 2 pm – 6 pm OR Saturday, June 3, 11 am – 6 pm

BRING TO: Washington State Fair Restaurant Building (see map, pg. 6) Walk in through the Red Gate on 9th Ave SW to enter grounds. Acceptance of art is at the discretion of show management.

Teachers, Parents, and Students are always welcome to deliver art, Students are encouraged to self-submit as well.   We look forward to hosting you again this year and have some suggestions that we believe will make the Intake run more smoothly and require less of your time.  Please take a moment to go through the following list:

  • Schools will be registered 1-school at a time.  Mislabeled work will be pulled and placed up front for corrections.  Once corrections are completed by the teacher, they can be entered for judging.
  • Some classes from prior years are either not used or renamed, so please use the booklet to identify the classes which apply to the artwork you are entering.
  • Artwork needs to adhere to the matt board or frame with permanent tape. Larger pieces will require more tape.  Glue sticks and lightweight tapes fail in the humid environment of the Fair.  We have had instances whereby students’ artwork ends up on the floor when applied with these temporary methods.
  • School, student name, and a name of the piece must be on the back of each entry.  All labels from prior shows must be removed prior to entering into the Washington State Fair.
  • Artwork framed or matted improperly will require correcting prior to being accepted into the Show.
  • Students’ entries not present for Intake, will not be accepted.  No Exceptions.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.  Our goal is to provide your students with an arena to display their creative accomplishments successfully.  Your assistance in this endeavor will aid us in achieving that end.  We look forward to a very successful exhibit and appreciate the contribution each of you offers with the entries of your student’s creativity.

May is Washington State’s Art Education Month, a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students.  It is a perfect time to demonstrate the value of arts education and to witness and recognize the power of learning through the arts.

Michael J. Hollins, Superintendent Junior Senior High Art

Washington State Fair  |

253-848-1671 |

110 9th Avenue SW | Puyallup, WA 98371

Washington State Fair, Sept. 2-25, 2016 (Closed Tuesdays)

OSPI Art News and Notes


New Arts Learning Standards – Formally Adopted!

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal formally adopted the new Arts Learning Standards for Washington at a spectacular event at Elk Plain School of Choice in the Bethel School District. The students performed an amazing showcase of the arts that included band, orchestra, choir, musical theatre, and first graders tap dancing. “Education involves the whole child,” Superintendent Reykdal said. “The arts are a part of that. They engage all learning styles, and they lead to powerful and life-long habits, such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. The arts provide our students with keys to understanding the world around them and strategies for learning, interpreting, and expressing their thoughts.” A huge “thank you” goes to the Arts Cadre of Educators representing Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts who worked to carefully review the standards and provide additional content with Suggestions for Students and Examples that will support these standards. To view the new standards, please go to:


The Superintendent’s High School Art Show

High school students from all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) have been participating in the ESD Regional shows that have been taking place in March. Finalists from the regional shows are moving forward to the state show and will be on display at OSPI from April 3 – June 1, with a reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 19 from 1–3 p.m. at OSPI. For more information, please go to:

iGrants Reporting OSPI Bulletin B001-17: 2016-17 details the annual reporting requirements and timelines related to the implementation of assessments and other strategies in Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness (RCW 28A.230.095), and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075). The deadline for the form package is June 30, 2017. For more information, please go to:

My Public Art Portal – The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)

To view the State Arts Collection through “My Public Art Portal,” a searchable, web-based database holding more than 1,300 of the Collection’s 4,500 artworks, please go to:

Story House: Select Works by Women Artists of Color

In celebration of Women’s History Month, My Public Art Portal presents a selection of figurative, narrative, and conceptual artworks in the State Art Collection created by sixteen women artists of color. Representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and creative processes, these artists are unified by the expressive power of their work. Click artwork titles to explore the artists’ varied investigations into identity, gender, heritage, community, and social justice. To view this collection, please go to:;id=28;type=901


2018 WMEA Conference

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 Washington Music Educations Association (WMEA) conference to be held in Yakima, February 15-18, 2018. Deadline for submitting proposals is April 15. For more information, please go to:

Adding the “A” to STEM

Learn how to embed visual art concepts and connections into the STEM areas and establish authentic ways to guide your students toward creativity, collaboration and engagement. This class takes place on April 19, 26, May 3, and May 10. For more information and a registration link, please go to:

Arts Opportunities for Students and Teachers at Centrum

Located in Port Townsend, Centrum, in partnership with OSPI, gathers young artists, scientists, and teachers together. Artists working in the fields of visual art, writing, theater, movement, and music will provide young artists opportunities to learn new ways of thinking, seeing, and being. Opportunities in 2017 include:

Western Governors High School Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce “Celebrate the West,” a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017. For more information and a link to the entry form, please go to:

UW Climate Change Video Contest

The UW Climate Change Video Contest is open to high school students. The deadline is April 30, 2017. For more information, please go to:

Creative Advantage Workshops – Teaching and Learning with LBGTQ Youth

This interactive workshop unpacks strategies and techniques to help highlight the perspectives of young people, offering critical insights and personal experiences. Participants will gain skills and techniques to build community in diverse classroom settings. Open to any interested teaching artist, community organization, arts advocate, teacher, or arts specialist. To register and learn more about this workshop and others the Seattle Art Museum is offering, please go to:

Writing, Art, and Film Contest for Students

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is sponsoring a writing, art, and film contest that is open to students in grades 6-12. The entry deadline is May 1. For more information, please go to:

If you have news that is of a statewide interest and you would like to it have considered for inclusion in this newsletter, please submit to:

Enjoy the arts!

Anne Banks, Program Supervisor
The Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: 360-725-4966

VALA Eastside Seeks Featured Artist For Redmond Arts Festival


VALA Eastside is currently seeking a Featured Artist to lead a community art project during Redmond Arts Festival, July 7-9, 2017 with a stipend of $2,000 paid to the artist/artist team to cover all planning, materials and implementation of the project.  Attached and below is the press release with more details.

Download the flyer here:  2017_VALA_RAF_ Featured_Artist


Marisa Mouton Provo
Communications Director
VALA Eastside
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Marisa Mouton Provo

Teen Art Event @BAM

Bellevue Arts Museum’s Teen Arts Council is hosting a special Teen Takeover party at the end of the month.

On Friday, March 31st, the Museum will be open late (5-8pm) especially for teens to explore the galleries, eat free food, and do fun art activities. Download the FLYER, post it, email it, and spread the word. What a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art to meet each other and come hang out at the Museum.

BAM Garden Party Teen Event, FLYER

For more info, contact Julia Miller, Youth and Family Education Coordinator

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE | Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: (425) 519-0741| Fax: (425) 637-1799

Call for Submissions, Maryhill Museum of Art


Open NOW till March 10 – March 31

Do you know an exceptional art student who would like a broader experience in the art world? Maryhill Museum of Art invites high school students from Washington and Oregon to participate in a juried exhibition in the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center Gallery.

Artwork by Washington students will exhibited May 5  to June 16, 2017

Click here for a PDF with more information, submission requirements and deadlines.

ESD 121 News and Gatherings

Dear ESD 121,

  All members welcome!

Check out the March – May  2017 Gatherings…

MARCH 2017– Artist and Craftsman Supply, Tacoma. Tour of the store plus a demonstration and studio time for block printing led by store manager and artist Michael Rives. (3 clock hours)

MARCH 25TH, SATURDAY, 11:00-3:00

APRIL 29th 2017 – Daniel Smith art supplies in Seattle.  The emphasis of the day will be on fine watercolors and how to also use student grade materials that are affordable for the classroom. Thom Right will lead a tour of the DS manufacturing center for watercolors and do a demonstration of the materials for us.  This will be a great learning opportunity for teachers to make connections of earth science to the development of artist supplies and tools.(3 clock hours)

 One of our members gave us a challenge for this day to wear recycled fashion and share lesson plans that connect to recycled art.

APRIL 29ND, SATURDAY,  11:00-3:00


MAY 13th 2017 – Is still being planned, but we hope to meet at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington – or somewhere near by from 1:30 – 4:00.  ( 3 clock hours)

No reservation necessary.

Have questions, contact Marta Olson, Co-Chair ESD 121  (


Congratulations Joye Melby and Trinity Osborn, Art Educators and Exhibiting Artists

The Lynnwood Convention Center and Schack Art Center are working together to display art from local artists throughout the Convention Center. Congratulations to two of our own, art educators Joye Melby and Trinity Osborn, for being selected as two of the nine artists exhibited.

The exhibitions are rotated twice a year and with each installation there is an Artist Reception where the artists themselves can talk about their work and answer questions from the public. The mediums vary from painting, photography, and mixed media to contemporary quilting.

Let’s show our support and attend the artist reception. Join us February 8th, 2017 from 6-8 PM, for the Lynnwood Convention Center’s bi-annual art reception. Come enjoy an evening with our featured local artists, to learn about their showcased artwork. Hand-crafted hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a no host bar will compliment this evening’s showcased pieces of artwork. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Artist Reception

February 8th, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

This showcase was made possible through the partnership with the Schack Art Center in Everett and the Lynnwood Convention Center. The art can also be viewed during regular business hours, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday- Friday. To learn more about our featured artists, please visit The Lynnwood Convention Center’s website.

  Joye Melby 

Joye Melby, artist and educator, has loved being involved in the art-making process for as long as she can remember. Her love of the creative process led her to a career in art education where she could share that passion with her students. Before and throughout her teaching career, Joye created and exhibited her work in many Northwest galleries and has continued to pursue her passion for painting in retirement.

The current works on exhibit are a diversion from her usual human image paintings but are consistent with previous work in her use of color. Her work with Cyrus Running at Concordia College triggered Joye’s love of design elements. In this “Ukiyo-e” series, Joye investigated the possibility of using sections of Japanese prints (kimonos) as abstract design, developing them into flowing, colorful canvasses. The kimonos, treated as flat and linear in the prints, take on a dimensional quality once again in this series of paintings.


  Trinity Osborn

Trinity Osborn is known for her works and images that convey texture, askew arrangements of elements and address concepts of insightfulness and inquisitiveness. She strives to capture everyday slices of time and bring attention to them. Viewers are invited to look closer at that which is and has been experienced on a daily basis in hopes to see the truth, goodness, and beauty that lies within. Trinity Osborn received her BA in Studio Art from George Mason University’s Institute of Art in 2001. She is a local artist from Monroe, Washington. When not in the art studio, Trinity shares her passion for the arts with teenagers as a high school visual arts educator. She focuses on the theoretical assets of art, aiming to depict the complications of life through a combination of color, textures, and symbolism.

The following series is titled “Spark” and was created to ignite one towards virtuous acts within community (from generosity, joy, creativity, compassion, integrity, and courage). These paintings challenge a viewer to see past a chromatic outlook and kindle a virtue that could be a catalyst or “spark” that spreads from one person to another. These works are meant to be visually bright, stimulating and encouraging.

Next WAEA Meeting Information

Hi Art Friends and Colleagues,


Who: The Washington Arts Education Association (WAEA) will host their January board meeting. Open to all members!!! Come and have a great time meeting your Art Friends in from other districts.


Date: Next Saturday, January 21, 2017


Where: Portland Art Museum (PAM) Downstairs in the Stevens Room from 10:01 – 1:00ish (They open at 10)


Address:  1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205


Cost:  FREE, FREE, FREE!!! Portland Art Museum for FREE? For us this time YES!


Enter Courtyard entrance by the bookstore North side of main building (Next to the Butterfield and Rodin sculptures) Not the front entrance only the tourist use that entrance. Find the stairs (or elevator) just past the bookstore. We will meet downstairs in the Stevens room or if you’re late we’ll be on our docent tour.


Park at Smart Park: 730 SW 10th walk 4.5 blocks south on 9th/Park or 10th to PAM. Street parking for 3-5 hours the same distance West of PAM on 13th Ave.


Agenda:  Docent tour from 10:15 ish to 11:15 ish


Fun filled meeting: 11:15 ish to 1:00 ish after docent tour.


Lunch: No host (you pay for your own) at the Imperial Reservations around 1:30 ish-1:45ish-3:00 ish.

We can walk the 7.5 blocks down Broadway.

Owned by James Beard award winner Vitaly Peley.  In my opinion the Fried Chicken and Eggs Benedict are really good!

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 Check it out!


I’ve made reservations for 15 so please RSVP so I can let the Imperial know how many place settings to have ready for us.


Fun, fun, fun (because we wouldn’t have it any other way!)….We can’t wait to see or meet and greet you again.


Debbie Supplitt/Barb Holterman


WAEA Co-Vice Presidents ESD 112

SAM supports Educators


The Seattle Art Museum is a great resource for Educators. They offer a wide variety of workshops, resources and clock hours to the educator community. Be sure to check out their calendar of events and the great opportunities for Professional Development.

Here’s a snippet of what’s coming up:

SAM’s next educator workshop is about Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series:

Additional information about SAM’s other educator programs and workshops (for additional clock hours) can be found here:

Clock hours are always given for free for all educator workshops.

General information for schools and educators can be accessed here:

As a reminder, SAM’s Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is available where teachers may have access to curriculum (multiple subjects and grades), books, posters, videos, and objects available to check out as desired. If they aren’t sure what might be helpful, SAM’s librarian can assist with that. Anyone may register to be a TRC borrower.

Attention PSESD Art Educators

Dear High School Art Instructors and Administrators,

The Regional High School Art Show sponsored by Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) will be here soon. 9th through 12th grade students (public and private) from Pierce and King county and Bainbridge Island are invited to submit art work. Student art work will be exhibited in the conference center lobby at PSESD (Renton, WA).

Last year’s art show included photography, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, linoleum block print, silk screen, collagraph, collage, glass, metal, jewelry, chalk pastel, oil pastel, mixed media, paper, scratchboard, and wood.


Jan 9-20, 2017: 

Art work accepted at Puget Sound Educational Service District (M-F, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm)

800 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057

(office closed on the MLK holiday, Monday, 1/16)


TACOMA DROP-OFF LOCATION – Wednesday, January 18: Starbucks, 4756 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, WA

SEATTLE DROP-OFF LOCATION – Wednesday, January 18: Starbucks, 1962 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA

FEDERAL WAY DROP-OFF LOCATION – Thursday, January 19: Starbucks, 1401 S 348th Street, Federal Way, WA


Feb 13-17, 2017:



Feb 24, 2017: 

Award letters mailed


Feb 17-Mar 15, 2017:

Art Show open for public viewing (M-F, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm)


Mar 15, 2017: 

Regional Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation at PSESD

6-7 pm: Refreshments and Gallery Tour

7-8 pm: Awards Ceremony

There are several organizations that purchase student art work ($200). Washington Federation of Independent Schools, Pierce County Arts Commission and Seattle’s 4Culture also present awards. Central Washington University awards four tuition waiver scholarships (3 -$1000 and 1-$2000).

Each Art Instructor can submit three art works (four, if one entry is from a Special Education student). Special Education eligibility is determined by age (14-21), not grade placement. The student should have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and be eligible for categorical funding in order to be placed in the Special Education judging category.  Special Education entries must be indicated on the Student Registration Form for the regional shows and will be integrated with Regular Education and not identified as Special Education pieces.

Original Artwork – Artwork submitted must be completely original. Do NOT submit any artwork that has been copied, replicated, or manipulated from published photographs, magazines, book illustrations, or other artwork, including the Internet. If a photo is used, the original must be reviewed by the student’s teacher and approved to authenticate originality.

Registration forms will be available starting December 1, 2016, at


Meg Hannan

Regional High School Art Show Coordinator

Senior Coordinator, Arts Education

Arts Impact   Facebook


Puget Sound Educational Service District

800 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton, WA 98057

T: 425-917-7942/ 800-664-4549   C: 253-282-4396

TTY: 425-917-7833

check out THE MUSE! Teachers as Artists and Student Artists Call for Art


A Bi-Anual Newsletter for Educators, THE MUSE

As art educators, we are constantly searching out great resources that will enhance our teaching, lessons, and knowledge of what’s going on around us. Check out this neat resource that the MaryHill Museum of Art has available. From museum tours and special events to resources and art show competitions.


Have you heard the saying “the cobbler’s children are often the ones with no shoes?” In many ways, art teachers exemplify this adage, working long and hard to bring out the best in their students, often at the expense of their own creative pursuits.
Maryhill Museum of Art in partnership with Oregon Art Education Association and Washington Art Education Association invites teachers to participate in a juried exhibition in our MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center Gallery, showcasing the state-wide talents of arts educators. Washington teachers will be featured March 15 to April 26, 2017, and Oregon teachers from October 6 to November 17, 2017.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Submit up to (2) hi-resolution images, along with titles, media, dimensions, and the year each piece was made. Include a brief artist statement (500 words maximum). Selected works must be ready to hang on the wall, or in the case of 3-D objects, include a base for display. The jury process is anonymous.
Washington submissions will be accepted January 4 through January 28, 2017; Oregon submissions will be accepted August 13 through September 3, 2017. Email to with TEACHERS AS ARTISTS in the subject line.
Chosen artists will be notified by email; artwork delivery and pick up is the responsibility of the teacher, but Maryhill will do its best to facilitate this. Teachers should be an active member of their state’s Art Education Association, a partner in this endeavor.
Do you know an exceptional art student who would like a broader experience in the art world? Maryhill Museum of Art invites students from Washington and Oregon to participate in a juried exhibition in the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center Gallery. Artwork by Washington students will be hung May 5  to June 16, 2017; Oregon students will be featured June 23 to August 4, 2017. 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Students should submit up to (3) hi-resolution images, along with titles, media, dimensions and the year each piece was made. Include a brief artist statement (500 words maximum). Selected works must be ready to hang on the wall, or in the case of 3-D objects, include a base for display. Email to: with STUDENT SHOW in the subject line.
Washington student submissions will be accepted from March 10 through March 31, 2017. Oregon student submissions will be accepted from May 5 through May 19, 2017.
Chosen students will be notified via email. Artwork delivery and pick up is the responsibility of the teacher, parents and/or student, but Maryhill will do its best to facilitate this.


2017 NAEA National Convention, March 2-4, in NYC!

Dear WAEA members,

Momentum is building for the 2017 NAEA National Convention, March 2-4, in NYC! Registration is open, great speakers (including Jeff Koons!) are booked, outstanding museums are offering us FREE admission, and HUNDREDS of sessions and workshops are being scheduled at this moment! Are you excited? We are!

Help spread the excitement, offer encouragement, and set registration in motion with these 2017 NAEA National Convention links:

Registration Form<>

Letter of Support<>

“Make Your Case” PDF<>

Museum Discounts<>

Link to 2017 NAEA National Convention Web Pages<>

See you in New York!

Christie Castillo


National Arts & Humanities Month

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 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!

Hosting an event is an easy way to celebrate NAHM in your community, like a Creative Conversation, an open house or special performance at a local arts venue, or a Community Vision Forum. Check out our resources page for event ideas and tools.

We have tools to help you promote your event! Use our National ArtsMeet Calendar to promote your event and find others happening near you. (Don’t forget, you can use this calendar year round!)

We are excited to host the first ever National Creative Conversation on Facebook Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9-10 p.m. ET. Creative Conversations have been a mechanism for communities to talk about the arts and culture in their area. This is a chance for everyone to gather together as a national community to share what is happening on the ground! Mark your calendars, invite your friends, grab a snack and beverage, and join the conversation!

President Obama has officially proclaimed October 2016 as National Arts and Humanities Month. In this year’s proclamation, he wrote, “In seeking to break down barriers and challenge our assumptions, we must continue promoting and prioritizing the arts and humanities, especially for our young people. In many ways, the arts and humanities reflect our national soul. They are central to who we are as Americans—as dreamers and storytellers, creators and visionaries. By investing in the arts, we can chart a course for the future in which the threads of our common humanity are bound together with creative empathy and openness.”

You can secure a proclamation from your elected officials to make National Arts & Humanities Month an official annual commemoration of the arts in your city or town. Use our sample proclamation and customize to your community.

Join the Celebration!

#ShowYourArt is a social media campaign designed to engage arts advocates on local, state, and national levels, and to bring awareness of National Arts and Humanities Month to the public. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share images on Instagram (be sure to tag @americans4arts and use #showyourart). We’ll repost some of our favorites throughout the month.

This year, the campaign will feature a unique theme every day in October, such as “dance,” “art in your town,” “tattoos,” and many more. Download and share our theme graphic here, and challenge yourself, your friends, or your community members to post on as many different themes as you can! Join the fun on Instagram starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

Another fun way to celebrate is Creative Sprint. Are you looking for more creative energy for your projects and goals? Join the CreativeSprint to get your creative muscles into shape, fast! Watch for a special prompt just for National Arts and Humanities Month!!

Sign up at CreativeSprint