Publications for National Arts and Humanities Month

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people have turned to both making art and experiencing art to help reduce stress and to express their emotions during this unprecedented time. Whether we are listening to music, painting a picture, or reading a poem, art affects our daily lives and can bring us together. 

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). This important event provides an opportunity for people across the Nation to recognize the importance of culture in America. According to Americans for the Arts, the month-long celebration focuses on equitable access to the arts, encouraging communities and people in those communities to participate in the arts, allowing Governments and businesses to show their support of the arts, and raising public awareness about the role of the arts and humanities.

Humanities, available at the GPO Bookstore,is a quarterly magazine published by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The magazine includes vivid and interesting descriptions of NEH- sponsored research in the humanities, NEH programs and projects, and issues related to the humanities in the United States. It also provides recent NEH grants, deadlines, and useful information for applicants seeking funds. This publication is great for anyone involved in the Arts and Humanities.  

William Henry Jackson is best known as a pioneering photographer who captured the first images of Yellowstone, The Tetons, and Mesa Verde. After a lifetime devoted to photography, Jackson picked up a paintbrush when he was 90 years old, proving you’re never too old to try out a new hobby! He produced a series of detailed paintings that illustrated the American West. Jackson’s paintings were remarkable, especially considering he never had any formal training as an artist. Eye for History: The Paintings of William Henry Jackson from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service is available at the GPO Bookstore.

Nature in itself is art, and many artists choose to capture the magnificent landscapes of our Nation. If you love both the outdoors and art, Treasured Landscapes: National Park Service Art Collections Tell America’s Stories from the GPO Bookstore is the perfect coffee table book for you. The publication includes works of art seen together for the first time to illustrate and tell the story of the National Park Service’s first 100 years. The pieces of art in the book showcase the diversity of the national parks and according to the National Park Service, “they reflect the critical role that landscape art played in the establishment of the National Park Service.” The book includes various types of art, including paintings, watercolors, sketches, and more. If you’ve found yourself with some extra time on your hands during quarantine, consider trying your hand at art – whether it be music, writing, drawing, dancing, or photography. You may be surprised just how much you enjoy it. Plus, homemade gifts can really help boost the spirit of a loved one who may have been particularly affected this year. Happy National Arts and Humanities Month from GPO!

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About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.

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