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Youth Art Month
Award Winners and Upcoming Events Announced for Youth Art Month
By Kris Bakke
Board President, Council for Art Education
Arts & Crafts Sales Director, Nasco
The Council for Art Education is proud to partner with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month is an annual observance every March to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.
The NAEA National Convention is being held March 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas. Next year, the Youth Art Month Museum and Flag Award Ceremony will be held in the exhibit area of the NAEA. Students in grades K-12 across the country participate in a national Youth Art Month flag design program, with each participating state selecting one design that represents their state and the creative spirit of YAM.
The Council for Art Education voted to recognize the following YAM Chairpersons for their outstanding participation in YAM 2012. Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award: Jennifer Tiongson of New Jersey. Awards of Excellence: Katie Harrison and Whitney Riker of Georgia; Virginia Berthelot, Carolee Brophy Miller, and Jennifer Keith of Louisiana; and Julia Lang-Shapiro and Donnalyn Shuster of New York. Awards of Merit: Vicki Breen and Janine Shafer of New Mexico, Jimi Herd of Virginia, Beverly Staub and Allie Staub of Indiana, Mary Jane Coker of Alabama, and Tasha Newton and Sarah Klein of Wisconsin. Special Recognition: Shawny Montgomery of Kansas and Beverly Staub and Allie Staub of Indiana. Awards will be presented at the 2013 NAEA National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.
If you would like to get involved in any of the activities celebrating Youth Art Month, contact the Chairperson in your area.Click here to view the list of 2012-2013 YAM Chairs. Don’t miss out on the celebration!
Links & Resources:
• What is YAM? (from the Council for Art Education, Inc.)
• YAM Information Booklet (from the Council for Art Education, Inc.)
• YAM List of Ideas (from the Council for Art Education, Inc.)
• Tennessee's Youth Art Month Wiki (Courtesy of Amy Broady, TN Youth Art Month Co-Chair)
Visit the Advocacy section for links and resources!