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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          Release No. M-95-07
September 21, 2007

 October Designated as National Arts and Humanities Month in Honolulu

 Mayor Mufi Hannemann will proclaim October as National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) in Honolulu at a signing ceremony scheduled for 2:15 p.m., September 28, 2007, in the Mayor’s Office.

 The proclamation, which will invite everyone to visit a museum, art gallery or historic site in Honolulu, will be presented to Betty Kam, president of the Hawaii Museums Association.

 Mayor Hannemann said, “I welcome this opportunity to support Hawaii’s artists, performers, museums and galleries because our cultural assets must be promoted, enhanced and renewed to protect our cultural identity.

 “Our host culture’s music and arts, fused with that of the many ethnic groups that migrated here, have blessed us with a unique contemporary Hawaiian culture that the City is committed to sustaining. With this proclamation, I encourage everyone to embrace the arts in October and make it an activity to enjoy and share with family and friends.”

 The City and County of Honolulu and Hawaii Museums Association are among hundreds of arts organizations in America to be a part of NAHM—the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation.

 Since 1993, this annual event has encouraged millions of Americans to renew or begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

 For a listing of select museums and historic sites in Honolulu visit hawaiimuseums.org.

 

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Contact:

Dymian Racoma, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, 527-5288

 

Friday, September 21, 2007

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