On October 2nd, President Obama made a proclamation declaring October 2009 National Arts and Humanities Month. He called upon Americans to observe this month by participating in activities, programs and ceremonies that celebrate the arts.
The press release from the White House reads: “Throughout our Nation's history, the power of the arts and humanities to move people has built bridges and enriched lives, bringing individuals and communities together through the resonance of creative expression.”
According to Americans for the Arts, this proclamation is significant because “by issuing this historic public statement in his first year in office, President Obama has taken this opportunity to recognize the contributions that our cultural assets make to America's diversity, humanity, and economic health. “
Perhaps this show of support from the highest level of government will create a trickle down effect encouraging State and local leadership to follow suit by investing in and supporting arts related events and programs in their communities.