Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 28, 2016
NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH, 2016
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Throughout history, the arts and humanities have
been at the forefront of progress. In diverse mediums and
methods -- whether through the themes of a novel, the movement
of a dancer, or a monologue on a stage -- the arts enrich our
souls, inspire us to chase our dreams, and challenge us to see
things through a different lens. During National Arts and
Humanities Month, we celebrate the important role the arts and
humanities have played in shaping the American narrative.
Our achievements as a society and a culture go
hand-in-hand. The arts embody who we are as a people and have
long helped drive the success of our country. They provoke
thought and encourage our citizenry to reach new heights
in creativity and innovation; they lift up our identities,
connecting what is most profound within us to our collective
In seeking to break down barriers and challenge our
assumptions, we must continue promoting and prioritizing the
arts and humanities, especially for our young people. In many
ways, the arts and humanities reflect our national soul.
They are central to who we are as Americans -- as dreamers and
storytellers, creators and visionaries. By investing in the
arts, we can chart a course for the future in which the threads
of our common humanity are bound together with creative empathy
and openness. When we engage with the arts, we instill
principles that, at their core, make us truer to ourselves.
This month, we acknowledge all those who have proudly and
passionately dedicated their lives to these diverse, beautiful,
and often challenging forms of expression. In our increasingly
global economy, we recognize the power of the arts and
humanities to connect people around the world. Be it through
the pen of a poet, the voice of a singer, or the canvas of a
painter, let us continue to harness the unparalleled ways the
arts and humanities bring people together.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in
me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do
hereby proclaim October 2016 as National Arts and Humanities
Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe
this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs
to celebrate the arts and the humanities in America.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord
two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.