Fractured Atlas Celebrates National Arts & Humanities Month
by Courtney Duffy, Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow at Fractured Atlas
October is in full swing, and here at Fractured Atlas we’re busy celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month. The annual event, which was launched three decades ago by our friends at Americans for the Arts, is a recognition of our nation’s rich culture, and its important role in the fabric of our history.
Last month, President Obama made things official by proclaiming October 2016 as National Arts & Humanities Month. “The arts embody who we are as a people and have long helped drive the success of our country,” he declared. “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 human experiences.”
The month-long event encourages an emphasis on promoting the arts at the local, state, and national levels. It also encourages governments and businesses to double down in support of arts participation.
Wondering how you can observe National Arts & Humanities Month in your own community? Fractured Atlas has incorporated an abbreviated Creative Sprint into our annual OkTECHberfest Week. During OkTECHberfest, off-site Fractured Atlas employees (like me!) work from our New York City headquarters to engage in company-wide exercises to encourage collaboration. Each day this week, our employees have been given a different #CreativeSprint prompt to get our artistic juices flowing.