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Always observed on January 31st, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day encourages us to ponder how art affects our hearts. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons. 

Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or cause us to burst out into joyous laughter remain with us for a lifetime. Whether we are touched by music or see into an artist’s soul through their work, art has the power to change us, to inspire our hearts.

The day encourages us to explore the many genres of art and let it inspire us.

HOW TO OBSERVE #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay

Since art comes in so many forms, the number of ways to celebrate are countless. We provide only a snapshot of the ways to participate. We hope it inspires you to celebrate the day in a way that puts art in your heart.

  • Visit an art gallery.
  • Attend a live theatre performance
  • Read a good book.
  • Listen to music.
  • Attend a ballet performance
  • Start your masterpiece.
  • Teach someone how to play an instrument.
  • Attend an art lecture.
  • Explore a new technique.
  • See an inspirational film.
  • Share your art with others.

 Use #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay to post on social media.


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January 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The Social Security Administration issues the first Social Security check in the amount of $22.54 to Ida May Fuller.


Chicago’s NBC affiliate WNBQ begins broadcasting the first television soap opera. These Are My Children aired for 15 minutes a day, five days a week until 1949.


NASA launches Mercury 2 on a suborbital mission with a chimpanzee on board. The chimp, named Ham, survives the 16-minute 39-second flight.


The Misfits directed by John Huston and starring Clark Gable, Monroe, and Montgomery Clift premiers in Reno, Nevada. The intense love story was the last completed film for both Gable and Monroe.


Don Williams became the first African American to start and win a Super Bowl. Playing for the Washington Redskins, he led Washington to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

January 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Zane Grey – 1872

The popular author wrote about the American frontier and was one of the first widely-read western novelists. He wrote over 80 books, but some of his most popular were Riders of the Purple Sage, The Last Trail and The Lone Star Ranger.

Ella Cara Deloria – 1889

The Dakota Sioux educator dedicated much of her career to recording and translating the dialects, texts, myths, and ethnography of the Sioux culture and languages. She also wrote several books including Iron Hawk, Speaking of Indians, and Waterlily which was published posthumously.

Don Hutson – 1913

The professional football player played 11 years as a receiver with the Green Bay Packers.

Jackie Robinson -1919

In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played 10 seasons with the MLB.

Norman Mailer – 1923

The prolific award-winning writer was known for his novels, plays, and films. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award.

Honorable Mentions

Freya Stark – 1893
Norm Prescott – 1927
Ernie Banks – 1931
Nolan Ryan – 1947
Dov Charney – 1969