Every October, Americans commemorate National Arts and Humanities Month. This annual campaign, which was started by Americans for the Arts, is meant to be a time to celebrate the arts and the crucial role they play in society. During this month, we encourage our readers to take the time to appreciate the humanities and the beauty of art in its many forms.
National Arts and Humanities month was established in 1993. The event launched more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. However, in 1993, the event was changed to a month-long celebration. The main goals of the month are to:
- Create equal access to the arts
- Encourage people to participate in the arts
- Allow the government and businesses to show their appreciation for the arts
- Raise public awareness about the arts
GrantWatch.com lists many grants on its site for artists, as well as organizations focused on the arts. In recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, we’re sharing 10 of these grants below!
5 Grants for Artists
- Grants are available to writers to write non-fiction humanities books for a general audience.
- Grants are also available to filmmakers for feature-length films.
- There are grants to artists and artist ensembles for performances and presentations abroad.
- Grants are also open to USA individual artists for creative art projects.
- Finally, USA and territories professional dancers can apply for grants assistance for financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.
5 Grants for Art Programs and Nonprofits
- Grants of up to $1,000 are open to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and schools to support music education.
- There are also grants available to nonprofits, theater companies, and individuals for musical performances and projects.
- Grants are available to nonprofits to advance art scholarships.
- In addition, funding is available to nonprofits and agencies to enhance museum services.
- Grants are also available to nonprofits to foster the study and appreciation of historical American art.
How Can You Participate in National Arts and Humanities Month
Try showing your appreciation for the arts by doing any of the following:
- Attending a concert
- Volunteering at an arts event or a nonprofit organization for the arts.
- Donating to an organization for the arts
- Hosting an art event
- Trying a new creative hobby
- Visiting a museum or gallery
- Taking a class on the arts
- Supporting local artists
- Giving a shoutout to your favorite artist on social media
- Doing an at-home art project
Are you looking for more grants like the ones shared on this list? GrantWatch features a category solely for Arts and Culture grants. Subsequently, this category includes grants for artists associated with the performing arts, music, dance, and visual arts. There are also grants for arts programs, local art events, and arts education.
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