October is National Arts Month and the Board of El Paso County Commissioners welcomed in a very special guest this week to help kick things off.
Violin music isn’t expected during the board meetings. However, at the regular meeting Thursday violin music echoed through Centennial Hall as part of a Proclamation for Arts Month in the Pikes Peak Region, as Commissioners encouraged everyone in the County to enjoy, celebrate, promote and support arts, culture and humanities in the community.
“The arts and humanities play a unique role in the lives of our families, our communities, and our country,” said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, as he read the Proclamation into the record. “The focus of Arts Month is to encourage citizens to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to initiate lifelong habits of regular participation in the arts and humanities.”
October has been officially recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month by thousands of arts and cultural organizations, communities, and states across the country, as well as by the White House and Congress for more than two decades.
David Siegel, Bee Vradenburg Foundation executive director, performed a brief excerpt from a Bach piece on his violin as part of the presentation. “Art is the reason I came back to Colorado Springs from New York City,” he said. “Your support for the arts makes all the difference.”
This is the fourth year celebrating Arts Month locally, with special events including art walks and pop-up art experiences. Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), encourages people to try at least one new cultural experience with family or friends this month. “It’s a great time to celebrate arts and culture in our community,” he said.
Details of all Arts Month events and activities can be found online at PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth.
El Paso County proudly encourages participation in the arts as well as provides venues for the public display of creative projects. Art is an economic driver, with significant local impact, generating $153.3 million in annual economic activity and supporting the full-time equivalent of 5,070 jobs. Nationally, the nonprofit arts industry also strengthens the national economy by generating $166.3 billion annually.