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Something else to celebrate besides Halloween--National Arts Month!

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 19:09:51-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — It's time to put those brush strokes on display! During the month of October, arts and culture takes center stage across the Pikes Peak Region, as our community celebrates National Arts and Humanities month.

Every year the Cultural Office showcases local talent, providing opportunities for art advocacy. This year's theme is the Art of Social Justice, and organizers are encouraging everyone to celebrate diversity in art.

To help kickoff Arts Month 2020, and acknowledge the importance around topics of racial equity and social justice. The Cultural Office collaborate with the Colorado Springs Black Business Network to present a virtual community conversation.

"Even though we have lectures, we have town halls, but how has music affected your understanding of how different people are living?" asked Rodney Gullatte Jr., President of theRotary Club of Colorado Springs.

One local artist and poet says she hopes people will use this theme to uplift disenfranchised groups.

"We can be on the streets protesting, we can create laws, we can support folks who are being oppressed, and we can create art," said Ashley Cornelius, Co-director of Poetry 719. "It's about re-framing what it looks like to be an activist and to understand social justice, and how there are so many ways that we can stand-up for ourselves, alongside our peers."

Organizers are encouraging residents in Southern Colorado to have at least one new cultural experience, with family or friends this month.

For more information on Arts Month resources, click here.