President Obama Declares October National Arts and Humanities Month
“Over centuries of change—through trial and triumph—the arts and humanities have chronicled history in ways that have brought the past to life and provided a vivid vision for our journey forward. Today, we continue to live in an ever-changing world, and the arts and humanities help us experience it in truer colors and tones.”
President Barack Obama has declared October as National Arts and Humanities Month. “When we harness our artistic creativity—from canvases to concertos—we can give shape to our emotions and channel our innermost hopes. During National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate artistic expression in all its forms and honor the ways they help define the great American story,” he declares.
The president says the arts and humanities generate opportunities to individually and collectively reflect on beliefs and disrupt assumptions. “As artists open our hearts and minds, they embolden our dreams, connect us in common purpose, and inspire us to reach for the tomorrow we seek…. More than anyone, our young people have the ability to renew the world we share, and my Administration is dedicated to empowering them through the arts and humanities so they can chart bold paths and write America's next great chapters.”
“America's future is bright—and our Nation's spirit of reinvention has long allowed us to pursue progress that knows no bounds."
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