Youth Art Month (YAM)

What is Youth Art Month?

Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts!

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers the program at the national level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

Art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12.

Do you need help getting your Youth Art Month program started, but don’t know where to begin?
Visit the CFAE website for information, timelines, guidelines, and templates to help you manage your program.

The theme for the 2016/2017 school year is “United Through Art”.

Started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), Youth Art Month exists to:

  1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricular that develops citizens of a global society.
  2. Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
  3. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking. 4. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
  4. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  5. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  6. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  7. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  8. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

Flag & Banner Program
To promote Youth Art Month, The Council for Art Education coordinates Youth Art Month activities at the national level. The primary event is the State Flag Program. Using the national or state theme, each state coordinates a flag design contest, with the winning design made into a flag for display in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association Convention (NAEA).

Artwork Program
States can select and exhibit student artwork. Winning artwork pieces, including 3D art, are displayed at NAEA in the Youth Art Month Museum.

Program Report/Digital Scrapbook
State Youth Art Month Chairpersons can create digital scrapbook reports, documenting local observances, events, exhibits, proclamations, funding, and community support. Reports are submitted to CFAE, and programs are recognized for outstanding achievement with financial awards and trophies.