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With the spotlight barely cool from the recent Governor’s Arts Awards it seems an appropriate time to launch yet another celebration – a celebration of the arts in Indiana.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month and the Indiana Arts Commission encourages you to get out there and celebrate the creative spirit in each of us. So what if you can’t draw a straight line, or sing two notes in key. Why not decide in October to take a class and see where it leads? Maybe you will discover a hidden talent, or simply something that helps you relax after a stress-filled day.
Even if you do discover you really can’t sing, you can still enjoy the uplifting effect of music by going to a concert. It doesn’t matter if it is classical or country as long as you enjoy it. So you can’t even paint your house – so what! There is most likely an art gallery in or close to your home town.
One of the biggest misconceptions about art is that it has to be formal or intimidating. Art is what you, your eyes, your ears, and your mind make it to be.
If a museum, gallery or concert hall are not your cup of tea, then perhaps a visit to one of the many artist colonies or autumn arts festivals would be to your liking. Many of these opportunities will feature the work of more than 100 Hoosiers certified through the Indiana Artisan Program. These Indiana crafted works run the gambit from paintings, glass, and ceramic work to wines, jams and jellies. Be sure to look for the “Indiana Artisan” logo as you shop.
“When you see the Indiana Artisan logo, you know you’re going to find an authentic, local treasure – wine made from Indiana grapes, rugs skillfully woven by hand, and one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery – work carefully selected to be among the best in the Hoosier state,” said Eric Freeman, Indiana Artisan Project Manager. “The art and food creations of more than 150 artisans in this program are exceptional.”
You experience meeting these artisans will be no less impressive. What better way to celebrate the arts than to tour an arts festival, sample the works of Hoosier artisans, and perhaps purchase something that will bring back fond memories of your experience? Your journey can begin at http://www.indianaartisan.org/.
For more information about Arts and Humanities Month, visit: www.AmericansForTheArts.org/nahm