Governor Kay Ivey has declared October 2022 as Arts and Humanities Month for the state of Alabama. The official proclamation recognized that “Alabama has been home to notable and influential artists from multiple disciplines that have enriched our culture both statewide and nationally, and has also been home to countless scholars and humanists who use the humanities to bring Alabamians together and to make Alabama a more vibrant place to live.”
Alabama’s designation of Arts and Humanities Month in October corresponds with the National Proclamation issued last month in celebration of the significance of the arts, humanities, and museum and library services to our nation. The National Proclamation included the announcement of a new Executive Order which seeks to integrate arts, humanities, and museum and library services into policies, programs and partnerships throughout the federal government.
“For centuries, American arts and humanities have been a beacon of light and understanding, recording our history and advancing new ways of thinking,” President Biden noted in his proclamation. “This National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate our Nation’s visionary artists, scholars, and creators whose work touches and reveals the soul of America.”
The annual celebration of Arts and Humanities Month encourages participation in the arts and humanities at all levels by individuals, organizations and governments. Here in Alabama, a pair of statewide organizations highlight the role the arts and humanities play in Alabamians’ everyday lives and in making our state a more vibrant place to live.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is the official state agency for the arts in Alabama and enhances the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources. The Alabama Humanities Alliance (AHA) promotes impactful storytelling, lifelong learning and civic engagement through its statewide public programming and grantmaking. ASCA is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Arts, while AHA is a nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
TOP PHOTO: Governor Ivey signed the official Arts and Humanities Month proclamation with Chuck Holmes (left), executive director of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, and Elliot Knight (right), executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to the arts for everyone. More information is available at AmericansForTheArts.org/nahm.