★ Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

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Our lives are richer because of the arts and humanities. They also make our communities stronger.

In Roanoke, the City and the community see arts and culture as tools for engaging neighborhoods, creating opportunities for lifelong learning, and contributing as an industry cluster for a vibrant regional economy. Roanoke’s not alone. Communities throughout the region are building from their unique cultural assets and connecting residents through festivals, public art, and a wide array of art forms.

October is Arts and Humanities Month. Consider how you’re using books, writing, and reading as a way to keep learning, to shape your story, and to connect with others. There are lots of ways you can celebrate…mostly by continuing to do what you do. And if you want to join the conversation, here are some ways:

  • Attend a brown-bag lunchtime Creative Conversation with Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy for Americans for the Arts hosted by the Roanoke Cultural Endowment.  Just bring your lunch along with your curiosity and insights to Charter Hall on the 3rd floor of the Historic City Market Building at noon on October 10.
  • Watch Mr. Cohen’s presentation of Arts & Economic Prosperity in the City of Roanoke, Virginia to City Council on October 10 at 2 PM. The report was sponsored by the Roanoke Cultural Endowment. Remember you can always stream City Council meetings on Facebook.
  • On Facebook: win tickets to cultural events and more from our community of outstanding cultural organizations by following posts from the Roanoke Arts Commission at ArtinRoanoke.
  • On Instagram: share your own images and be sure to tag #artinroaonke and #showyourart2019. There’s even a national daily schedule for the types of images to share. Note that on October 7, the theme is “On my Bookshelf.”



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