May 18 is right around the corner. Get ready to celebrate the vibrant arts communities throughout the 518 area code with the social media extravaganza known as #518Day.
For #518Day’s inaugural year last year, hundreds and hundreds of Capital Region residents took to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs and websites on May 18 to promote, share, and encourage friends and followers to recognize and support the arts across the 518 area code, from the Adirondack Museum in the north to Olana State Historic Site in the south, and so much in between.
#518Day is the brainchild of Michael Janairo. “I believe the arts are vital—no matter your age—for gaining a greater understanding of what it means to be human,” said the writer who works as the Assistant Director for Engagement at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. “So part of my thinking behind #518Day is that it is a great time to promote the arts throughout the region. Another part is that I also believe in the democratic possibilities of social media for positive change.”
Janairo compiled many of the social media posts in a Storify document that can be found at this link: https://storify.com/mjanairo/518day-celebration
With the success of last year’s #518Day, and as more and more people hear about #518Day, this year’s May 18 social media celebration is expected to be even bigger and more active.
Of note, this May 18 will be the last May 18 in which the 518 region is only the 518 region. Starting this fall, new phone numbers in the 17-county 518 region will be given an 838 area code. That means the region will become the 518 and 838 region. What that means for May 18, 2018, isn’t certain yet; however, considering there isn’t an August 38, it is likely May 18 will remain #518Day.
About Michael Janairo
Michael Janairo is a writer, educator, and the Assistant Director for Engagement at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. He has published poetry, fiction, and essays in various anthologies and small presses, and has taught at the University at Albany, Hudson Valley Community College, and other colleges and schools in the U.S. and Japan. At the Tang, he oversees museum education, media relations, and print and online media. Prior to joining the Tang, he was an arts journalist for several years and was a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, Va.
Downloadable images for Social Media
These images are courtesy Discover Albany. Click on any to get a bigger image that you can download and then use on your social media platforms to celebrate #518Day.