Special Months

March for the Arts is a statewide celebration of Arts Education. Delaware Governor John Carney has signed a proclamation designating the month of March as “March for the Arts” in the State of Delaware. The importance of arts education is cited in the proclamation, as it “contributes to increased attendance and graduation rates; elevates academic achievement; and prepares students for college, career, and citizenship readiness.”

March for the Arts was founded in 2003 when Delaware Senator Connor authored Senate Bill 116, designating the month of March as “March for Arts in Education Month.”  Senator Conner envisioned a month devoted to celebrating arts education throughout the state–recognizing the critical role that the arts play in providing a well-rounded education for Delaware’s youth.  Years later, the month of March continues to recognize excellence in education in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Art.

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National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

To celebrate locally, we’ll feature a Poem of the Week on our website, highlighting our local Delaware poets. To see what’s out there for you to experience, visit, your place to find arts and cultural events happening throughout the First State.

Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, the 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme was“#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:

FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels;

ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations to participate in the arts;

ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and

RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

In recognition of National Arts & Humanities Month, Governor John Carney has signed a proclamation designating the month of October as Delaware Arts & Humanities Month. During this month, we commend the more than 1 million individuals who engage in the arts annually, and appreciate the ongoing support of patrons, the business community, and elected officials, for their recognition of the value of investing in the arts in Delaware. Check out our special feature on on how you can participate!

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