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National Arts & Humanities Month

The Division of Cultural Affairs joins hundreds of arts organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. The Division encourages others to carry this message to the people of your community through activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyone’s life.

Opportunities Through The State
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Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program announces three new projects at Florida Atlantic University with submission deadlines in September & October 2008.  With art budgets ranging from $11,700 to $100,000, the projects’ art selection committees are searching for a variety of art media for interior artwork to large-scale outdoor pieces.  Links to the each of the project descriptions are at  

For information about these FAU projects, contact: Corina Mavrodin at (561) 297-0541 or .  

For general ASB information, contact:  Lee Modica at (850) 245-6476 or Florida Cultural Alliance Action Alert

Together, let's work to restore Florida's investment in arts & culture.

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Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities month, says “The arts and humanities play an important role in our lives year-round. Now is the chance to recognize and celebrate the positive impact the arts bring to our schools and communities."

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was begun in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. With 45 years of service, Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available online at

Links of Interest


Arts For A Complete Education/Florida Alliance For Arts Education [(ACE/FAAE)]

Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education (ACE/FAAE) is a statewide organization of partners and coalitions working to promote arts in education.

Americans for the Arts

Florida Craftsmen

Florida Cultural lAlliance

Florida Humanities Council

National Art Education Association 

National Endowment for the Arts

Economic Impact of the Arts
The arts mean business in Florida! The cultural industry contributes over $2.9 billion toward gross state product annually.  Find the latest research and resources, which support the role of the arts in economic development, at both the state and national level.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The President of the United States has signed a proclamation (below) declaring October National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Division of Cultural Affairs encourages you to take this opportunity to learn more about how people with disabilities contribute to our work force both nationwide and in Florida's cultural community as administrators and artists. 

VSA Arts of Florida offers a "Careers in the Arts" Program that encourages persons with disabilities to pursue careers in the arts.  At the link below you can access the VSA Publication, "Putting Creativity to Work: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities."  This is a great resource to learn more about the possibility for careers in the arts for people with disabilities.  It gives practical advice and provides many resources to encourage people with disabilities to pursue these careers.

You can also visit the VSA Arts of Florida Artist Registry to see the wide array of working artists with disabilities who make up this diverse and impressive registry. Biographical information on the artists is also available along with contact information. The link for the registry is:


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