What is Youth Art Month?

The Youth Art Month Program:

  • Emphasizes the value of art education for all children

  • Encourages support for quality school art programs

  • Promotes art material safety.

  • It provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects


The Council for Art Education (CFAE) oversees Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally culminating each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. 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 curricula 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.

  5. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.

  6. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.

  7. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.

  8. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

  9. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

2018-19 Youth Art Month(YAM) 

Theme: Your Art, Your Story
Flag & Release Form

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018

Mail Submissions To:


Attn: Kelly Young

52251 Hwy. 25 South

Amory, MS 38821

YAM Prizes Sponsored by Sargent Arts

State Overall Prize:


  • The student winner of the State Overall Prize to be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 in the form of a personalized check

  • The Art Teacher of the winning student to be awarded an assortment of classroom art supplies worth $1,500 (Retail value).

  • A flag will be created from winning design that will be displayed at the 2018 NAEA Conference. 


Category Prize--Elementary, Middle, and High School: 


  • The student winner of each Category Prize to be awarded an assortment of art supplies worth $100 (Retail value).

  • The Art Teacher of the Category winning student to be awarded an assortment of classroom art supplies worth $300 (Retail value).


Participation Gift:


  • The school of each participating teacher will receive a Gift of Participation when Sargent Art receives an email with the following information from the school Principal – School enrollment number, Number of Art Teachers and Number of entries sent for Youth Art Month.


A Home for Mississippi's Art Educators


The mission of the MAEA is to promote art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

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