October 4, 2001

Florida Keys Observe Arts & Humanities Month

In response to the events of September 11, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts draws special attention during October, National Arts and Humanities Month, to the positive work artists and arts organizations do, and to the dialogue and healing that can result.

For the eighth year, mayors and governors from across America join the president in proclaiming October National Arts and Humanities Month, hailing the arts and humanities as vital to the well-being of our families and communities and the nation as a whole.

Key West and the Florida Keys have unique artists and treasured cultural organizations. Our community has important patrons and supportive elected officials, local heroes for the arts and humanities. National Arts and Humanities Month can be a time to say thanks, to highlight the impact these residents make.

Most polls show that by a three-to-one margin, U.S. citizens are strongly supportive of the arts. A marked majority of Americans, in fact, would support arts programs to the point of paying more in taxes-findings directly contrary to claims that the country has shifted against such federal, state, and local arts programs. Educators recognize the importance of arts education in developing the character, intelligence, judgment, and wisdom of the complete human being.

National Arts and Humanities Month is a special time to honor and learn more about cultural life in our community.

Jay Gogin (not pictured), Tomoko Okuda, Jimmy Wray, and Gerald Adams Elementary School students, Introduction to Ceramics, sponsored by Florida Keys Council of the Arts Artists in Schools program, spring 2001

For more information call Hal Howland at 852-1469 ext. 4369, 743-0079 ext. 4369, or 294-4406; or visit www.keysarts.com.

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