Ways to Engage
- Join our 31-day Instagram challenge and encourage others to join, too! Find our daily themes and post along with us all month long using #ShowYourArt2019.
- Ask for a local government proclamation. Your mayor, city council, even your governor can officially declare National Arts & Humanities Month—and our sample proclamation (Word document download) will make it easy. (If you get one, make sure to send it to us!)
- Get the word out to the media, even if you’ve never spoken to the press before! Read our tips on working with the media (PDF download) to garner attention for your events. Download our press release template (Word document download) and customize it for your community. Or, get advice on how to write an op-ed or letter to the editor (PDF download) for your local paper.
- Host a Creative Conversation in your community. Gather local leaders (make it formal, or not!) to discuss the topic “How is the past shaping the future of the arts?”. Learn more about how to start or find an event on our Creative Conversations resource page.
More Ways to Celebrate
- Grab a friend and go to a museum, a play, a festival, or outdoor concerts. Have kids? Make it a family outing!
- Try something new and take a class in creative writing, dance, painting, or whatever strikes your fancy.
- Unveil a new project, product, or service during National Arts & Humanities Month.
- Make a video about what the arts mean to you and post it on YouTube. Don't forget to send us the link!
- Enjoy the arts with people you love. Sing, play music, read a book, dance or draw together.
- Write to your member of Congress, letting him/her how important arts and arts education funding is to you, your family and your community.
Promoting Your National Arts and Humanities Month Event
After you’ve created a National Arts & Humanities Month event, the next step is to reach out to your community. Here are some ways to encourage friends, neighbors, colleagues, and members of your community to take part in the arts this October!
- Register your event or activity on the Americans for the Arts ArtsMeet Calendar.
- Send a press release/media alert to your local news outlets. Use our sample press release or sample media alert to get started.
- Advertise on a local event website or add to a calendar of events in your local newspaper or newsletter.
- Think of your own creative ways to spark interest!
- Arrange for emails and fliers about National Arts & Humanities Month to be sent to your local community through Chamber of Commerce or Community organizers. Include information about local artists and events.
- Write an op-ed piece, letter to the editor, or editorial for your local newspaper.
- Get artists involved by asking them to reach out to their networks via social media and in person about the event. They can also design posters, bumper stickers, and buttons to promote National Arts & Humanities Month in popular community gathering spots such as coffee shops, libraries, hotels, etc., and shared on social media (be sure to give the artist proper credit!). You are free to use the National Arts and Humanities Month logo on your materials—download a hi-res JPG or a lo-res JPG of the full logo, or a hi-res JPG of the NAHM star.
- Showcase your event on social media and share with your community. Send reminder emails to friends and co-workers, and ask your network to share your posts.