Arts and Humanities Month celebrated in Edmonds

By Frances Chapin | Sep 30, 2016

The city of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October.

For over 20 years, this annual proclamation has honored the efforts of artists, historians, teachers, and cultural groups in Edmonds working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyone’s life.

A proclamation in honor of Arts and Humanities month will be read at City Council on Oct. 11.

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.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities month, says, “Everyone recognizes the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities. National Arts and Humanities Month offers us a chance to celebrate the often overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impart in our daily lives.”

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in what has become this country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities. Make time for art this October! The following list is just a few of the things you can do in Edmonds to celebrate the arts:

• Attend the 32nd Write on the Sound writers’ conference Sept. 30-Oct. 2, presented by the Edmonds Arts Commission presents a Book Signing Reception to meet conference presenters on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 5:30-6:30 in the Plaza Room, 650 Main, which is free and open to the public.

• Attend the opening Cascade Symphony Orchestra concert on October 24, celebrating its 55th year.

• See a classic movie or live show at Edmonds Center for the Arts, celebrating its 10th season.

• See “Farenheit 451” as Edmonds Driftwood Players opens Oct. 20 for its 58th season.

• Watch “Moon Over Buffalo,” which opens Oct 7 at the Phoenix Theatre.

• Attend a Monday morning EPIC Group Writers writing group at the Edmonds Library.

• Attend Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds on Oct 20 and Music at the Library, presented by EAC and Sno-Isle Library, featuring flute artist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos, first in a series of five events.

• Attend, throughout the month, visual art exhibits, including Tina Randolph at the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery, “The Olde Masters” group show of local artists at Gallery North, Barbara Benedetti Newton in the Edmonds Library, and “The Art of Peggy Strong” at Cascadia Art Museum. Be sure to also visit one of several downtown galleries.

• Explore local fishing history, “Hook, Line, Sinker” at the Edmonds Historical Museum.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission, established by City Council 41 years ago, exists to ensure that the arts are integral to our community’s quality of life, economic vitality, and central identity.

Frances Chapin is cultural services manager for the city of Edmonds.


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