Every stroke of the brush, stitch of the needle, or moment of the memoir uniquely marks our society and contributes to our national character. This month, we recognize the ways the arts and humanities have forever changed our country, and we recommit to ensuring every American has the opportunity and the freedom to question, discover, and create. — Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
Washington, District of Columbia, October 1, 2015 – Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for artists, is participating in National Arts & Humanities Month, an annual celebration of culture coordinated by Americans for the Arts, through local and national programs and projects. Gamma Xi Phi members will commemorate the 30th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month by sharing their favorite works of art on social media with the tag #ShareYourArt, participating in local “Creative Conversations” with artists and arts administrators, and by celebrating the founding of Gamma Xi Phi in local chapter events on October 7, 2015.
“I’m thrilled that Gamma will be participating with thousands of other supporters of National Arts & Humanities Month this year,” said National President Rashid Darden, a novelist. “Although the work of our fraternity is year-round, this is a good time to collaborate with others who perform similar artistic service to the community.”
Additionally, the fraternity will continue its Artistic Awareness partnership with Ubuntu Biography Project, which highlights the contributions of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of African descent through detailed profiles shared through social media, typically on the anniversaries of their births. Gamma Xi Phi underscores profiles of LGBT artists and writers in an effort to ensure that their contributions are not lost due to institutional racism, homophobia, or transphobia.
Friends of Gamma Xi Phi may join in the promotion of National Arts and Humanities Month by liking and sharing the fraternity’s social media posts throughout the month, by sharing their own favorite works of art along with the #ShowYourArt tag, and by visiting the Americans for the Arts website to discover local activities.