MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders in a September proclamation urged area residents to explore the arts this October, declared as Arts and Humanities Month in Morris County.

“Arts and humanities embody much of the accumulated wisdom, intellect and imagination of humankind and allow us to explore ideas, express emotions and better appreciate cultures from around the world,” the proclamation said.

Freeholders recognized Morris Arts for “developing, supporting and advocating on behalf of artists, arts organizations and arts experiences” through a variety of programs that include the pumpkin illumination, Gateway Totem Project and others.

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Madison will host its own pumpkin illumination Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. outside the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building at 50 Kings Road.

The Rose City is home to several other arts and culture events, including the Madison Storytellers Festival, which returned to the borough last month for its second event.

Morris County is a “vibrant, stimulating and inspiring” cultural community with a wide range of music, theater, dance and visual arts, the freeholders said, and offers an abundance of arts organizations, historical sites, museums and other cultural venues for area residents to visit this October.

“A strong arts community is important to our county’s quality of life and also contributes to a healthy economic climate, making our county an attractive place to live and work,” said Freeholder Christine Myers.

Morris Arts will feature many of the county’s cultural and arts events on its website. Visit www.morrisarts.org for more information.