Each October organizations throughout the U.S. celebrate culture in America during National Arts & Humanities Month. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, National Arts & Humanities Month grew out of National Arts Week, which the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts started in 1985. The event became a month-long celebration in 1993. This year, several University of Florida (UF) colleges and organizations have partnered to lead the celebration on campus. To read the presidential proclamation from President Obama, click here.
“The arts and humanities are fundamental to education and scholarship at the University of Florida, nurturing creativity and innovation, and helping to foster a rich and mindful university culture. We are thrilled to join in the celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month, and we encourage everyone to be a part of the many great events planned for the coming weeks.” - UF President Kent Fuchs
Take part in the various events hosted by each of our partners, from art exhibitions to theatre productions to photography workshops. To learn more, visit our partners' websites and view their calendars of events. Our partners are: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, College of the Arts, College of Design, Construction and Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Florida Museum of Natural History, George A. Smathers Libraries, Harn Museum of Art, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, UF Performing Arts and STRIVE.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. spontaneous acts of culture popped up throughout the Plaza of the Americas. In 2015, 30 groups held various activities and moments of culture all aimed to increase awareness, appreciation and excitement for the arts and humanities at UF. Participants did everything from debating to dancing and from painting to print making. To sign-up to participate in this event, click here.
Several community leaders and UF students, faculty and alumni authored letters to the editor about the importance of National Arts & Humanities Month. To read the articles click on the links below:
Join the national conversation by using #ShowYourArt online and tagging @Americans4Arts. Share your own art, art you like or events you attend in October to help showcase the vibrant and varied art happenings across the country. Join the conversation about Pop-Up Culture by using #PopUpCultureUF. To find us on Facebook, click here.