(10-3-21) The Auglaize/Mercer Center of Arts Place joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. Arts Place will carry this message to the people of Auglaize and Mercer Counties through activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, teachers, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyone’s life.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in what has become the country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities. The following special events are planned for National Arts and Humanities Month in St. Marys: several art classes such as pen and wash watercolor (Oct. 9) needlefelting fall pumpkins (Oct. 13), a new 4 week watercolor session (beginning Oct. 13) and creating Montessori/Waldorf inspired wooden dolls on October 23rd. Arts Place will also be celebrating its teaching artists on their social media pages throughout the month. The Auglaize/Mercer Center’s current teaching artists at this time are: Debby Gregory, Pat Rayman, Lilli Hausfeld, Cassandra McMurry, Emilie Lewis, Sherry Chandler, and Erin Weirrick.

Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts

“The arts are the lifeblood of our communities, raising morale, creating community cohesion, and providing comfort during dark times, while also delivering a huge economic footprint. The sector has suffered devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is vital that we support our creative workers in the months and years to come. National Arts and Humanities Month gives us a chance to celebrate the values that the arts impart in our lives, and it is more important than ever that everyone take part to recognize the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities in our communities.”

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

To stay up to date about Arts Place and National Arts and Humanities Month, follow them on Facebook, visit artsland.org, or call the center at 260-726-4809. They are located at 207 E Spring Street in St. Marys, Ohio and are open on Wednesday – Friday from 12 PM – 6 PM.

This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.