Did you know that October is National Arts and Humanities Month? It's coordinated by Americans for the Arts (www.americansforthearts.org). NAHM is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives.

And speaking of the arts, we found a video we wanted you to see that poses the very important question, "Why Arts Matter?" and features a video contest asking that very question to whomever wanted to answer it with an original video.

To us at "Take My Word For It!" the literary arts are a vital important part of education and of cultural life. Where would we be without the creative art of writing?

Why do the arts matter to you?