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  • Americans for the Arts | October Is National Arts and Humanities Month National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a time for communities to come together in unified celebration of the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better. In this turbulent year, the arts and humanities have played an important role in getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic and amplifying the need for racial equity.   Whether you’ve participated before or are getting involved for the first time, we invite you to join our #ShowYourArt2020 Instagram challenge and share what you love about the arts with a unique prompt every day in October. These prompts are also a great way to engage students and families in creating and celebrating the arts every day this month!  Be sure to include #ShowYourArt2020 and tag @americans4arts in your posts and you could be featured on our social media channels!    
  • Rasmuson Foundation seeks Nominations for 2021 Distinguished Artist Award Deadline for nominations: December 15, 2020 Rasmuson Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Artist Award. The nomination period opened Thursday, Oct. 1. The deadline for nominating artists is Tuesday, Dec. 15. The Distinguished Artist Award is part of the Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards program, which also include Project Award and Fellowship grants. Applications for those awards will open Dec. 15 and close March 1, 2021. Rasmuson Foundation offers one $40,000 Distinguished Artist Award annually in recognition of an Alaskan’s significant artistic accomplishments and creative excellence over multiple decades. These artists have chosen to make their lives and careers in Alaska, thereby contributing to the richness of arts and culture in the state. An Alaska-based arts panel of artists and experts in the field is assembled each year to review nominations. Distinguished Artist Award recipients are generally full-time professional artists and will be recognized by peers and experts across the state as among the most accomplished in their field. Since the beginning of the Individual Artist Awards program in 2004, the Foundation has honored 17 Distinguished Artists. “We encourage nominations of mature artists whose work enriches the lives of Alaskans,” said Sharity Sommer, a Foundation program officer who leads the program. “This special award is reserved for an artist with extraordinary talent and an extensive body of creative work. Artists have used the award to create new work, document and preserve their art, and simply enjoy time to reflect.” For complete information and to nominate a Distinguished Alaskan Artist for 2021, visit the website at https://www.rasmuson.org/grants/individual-artist-awards/distinguished-artist-award/ We encourage you to take time to learn more about 2020 Distinguished Awardee, Wayne Price, along with Distinguished Artists across the history of the program at https://www.rasmuson.org/arts/individual-artist-awards/distinguished-artists/#artists