MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Board of Freeholders has proclaimed October as “Arts and Humanities Month 2018’’ in Morris County, part of a national observance held each October to encourage residents to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.
The freeholders issued an Arts and Humanities Month 2018 proclamation to Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts, and to Lynn Siebert, Director of Arts Participation & Communications for Morris Arts.
“The Arts play an important part in all facets of our personal and professional lives, and are of great importance in business and government and education, enhancing our quality of life across Morris County,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
During this month, arts organizations in Morris County and across the state and nation plan and develop events, celebrations and innovative programming to highlight the Arts and Humanities.
“Morris Arts is honored to receive this proclamation and accepts it on behalf of Morris County’s vibrant arts and humanities community. The arts build community and are a major reason that people want to live, work and play in Morris County, said Executive Director Werder. “The arts and humanities enrich, inform and empower us to reach for the best within us.”
National Arts & Humanities Month was established in 1993 and initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities.
National Arts and Humanities Month’s four goals are to create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities; encourage participation of individuals nationwide; provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare support for the arts and humanities; and to raise public awareness.
There are a wide variety of arts and cultural event and exhibits scheduled for Morris County in the coming weeks. For example, Paula Abdul, Melissa Etheridge, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will play at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
The Festival of Books is coming to Morristown in October. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison will feature “Charlie’s Aunt.’’ There will be a Frankenstein anniversary exhibit at Drew University. A production of “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’’ is scheduled at the Pax Amicus Theatre in Mount Olive.
Or you can tour the Gallery at 14 Maple in Morristown or take in the always changing and interesting exhibits and programs at the Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, among many potential venues in Morris County to seek out the arts.