At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Gainesville mayor Lauren Poe proclaimed October 2017 as National Arts and Humanities Month. The proclamation took place in the City Commission Auditorium of City Hall.
Poe presented the proclamation, which invited citizens to join him in celebrating and promoting the arts and culture throughout the nation, to Lucinda Lavelli, dean of the College of the Arts.
“I would like to thank Mayor Poe and the City Commission for this important proclamation,” Lavelli said. “The arts and humanities are part of the social and cultural fabric of the campus and community while directly contributing to the city's economy. I invite the City of Gainesville and the UF community to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month this October by taking advantage of the many arts and humanities opportunities available to them.”
Created by the 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, the College of the Arts has partnered with UF’s Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; College of the Arts; College of Design, Construction and Planning; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Florida Museum of Natural History; George A. Smathers Libraries; Harn Museum of Art; Samuel Proctor Oral History Program; STRIVE and UF Performing Arts to celebrate the month through various events.
One of the month’s main events, Pop-Up Culture, will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature musical performances, poetry readings, dancing, painting and more, culminating in various moments of culture aimed to increase awareness, appreciation and excitement for the arts and humanities at UF.
Join the conversation about National Arts and Humanities Month online: #NAHM #ShowYourArt2017 #PopUpCultureUF.