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Quick Links to YAM Resources

YAM Curriculum Resources 2017-18

2017-18 YAM overview from CFAE

2017-18 YAM - Quick 50 Celebration ideas from CFAE

2017-18 YAM artwork release form CFAE

YAM Flag Design Info - coming soon

Flag Rubric 

Flag Photography release

Flag Entry Form 

YAM Endorsement Forms 2018

YAM 2018 Sample Endorsement alt

YAM 2018 Sample Cover Letter to Principal or Superintendent alt

YAM 2018 Sample Certificate of Recognition alt

YAM PR Templates and Proclamation

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YAM 2018 Sample Certificate of Recognition alt

 YAM 2017-18 How to Submit a Press Release from CFAE

YAM 2018 Sample Cover Letter to Principal or School Superintendent alt

 YAM 2018 Building Community through Art -  Logos alt


YAM Book- Building Communities Through Art - NY - 2018

2017-18 Logo's from CFAE google folder

YAM 2018 Google Reporting Form

YAM 2018 Yam Reporting Form Directions alt

YAM Presentation from NYSATA Conference 2017

2017 YAM NYSATA Conference presentation 

YAM Awards


These are awarded Annually at the National Arts Education Confrence from CFAE

2017 Award of Excellence 

2016 Award of Merit 

2015 Award of Merit 

2014 Award of Merit

2013 Award of Merit

2012 Award of Excellence

2011 Outstanding New Promotion & Outstanding Program - Certificate of Occommemdation.

YAM 2015 Awards at the NAEA Conference, New Orleans

altYAM Chairs Julia Lang-Shapiro & Donnalyn Shuster displaying their awards at the NAEA 2013 conference in Fort Worth.

2013 Flag Design created by Quinn Pace from Northport High School. 
YAM Co-Chairs with the flag at NAEA 2013.

YAM Award Winners at NAEA 2012
YAM Chairs Donnalyn Shuster and Julia Lang-Shapiro proudly display the first official New York State YAM flag at the 2011 NAEA Conference in Seattle. The flag was designed by K. Bustamante, Sayville HS.

altIn 2011, New York proudly joined the other 49 states in displaying selected student artwork at the NAEA Conference in Seattle.

alt  YAM Chair Donnalyn 
  Shuster accepts a
  Certificate of
  Commendation for
  her leadership  
  efforts in New York
  State during the
  2010-11 year.




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2018 NYS Flag Design Winners

Overall Flag Design Winner

Ilysa Sirota - 12th Grade Smithtown East HS

Tim Needles, Teacher 

High School Winner

Felicity Boncella - 12th Grade Herkimer Jr/Sr. High School

Heather McCutcheon, Teacher 

Middle School Winner

Elise Pape - 6th Grade, Clinton Middle School

Amy Pape, Teacher

 Elementary Winner

Alessia Cardinale - 5th Grade, East Lake Elementary

Patti Krakoff, Teacher

Honorable Mention

Ashleigh Manzella - Kindergarten, East Lake Elementary

Patti Krakoff, Teacher

Check out our Facebook Page to see the winning designs: @YouthArtMonthNewYorkState


 We are pleased to announce that the Council for Art Education, Inc. has informed us that New York State will receive the


2017 Award of Excellence for Youth Art Month

formally at the 2018 NAEA Convention in Seattle! This marks the 9th year in a row that New York has been the recipient of an award honoring our art educators who participate in YAM and share their information so that we may compile a report demonstrating growth and the positive impact of grass roots advocacy for the visual arts.


The 2017/2018 theme is “Building Community Through Art” 



Thanks to the efforts, time and energy of our dedicated NYS art teachers we continue to maintain our art programs during challenging times in public education. You demonstrate to the community at large the long term value of strong art programs.  Thank you for giving us your Youth Art Month News  for inclusion in our New York State Report. There were so many great things going on for YAM this year.  Let's make 2018 New York State YAM celebration the biggest yet!! 

What is Youth Art Month?
Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

Started in 1961 by the ACMI (Art and Craft Materials Institute) in cooperation with the NAEA, the program is administered by the  Council for Art Education (CAE) and focuses on the following eight goals:

  1. To direct attention to the value of art education which develops divergent and critical thinking skills; multicultural awareness; and technical, communication and expressive skills.
  2. To increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  3. To recognize that art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all people.
  4. To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new ones.
  5. To increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  6. To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  7. To encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  8. To recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

NEW THIS YEAR #MakeArtMonday!


March is Youth Art Month, celebrated across our nation, and here in the Empire State, we are planning to launch our celebration with a challenge - to have as many as possible engaged in art making on Monday, March, 5th as the first Monday the month!

 You can include special events in your class, school wide projects involving faculty and staff, community events. The possibilities are endless.

Our intent is to create an awareness of the value and impact the visual arts have, not only in our PK-12 schools, but in the community and state at large. What better way to foster grass roots advocacy - than to build participation right in your school district or hometown?

Sponsored by NYS Youth Art Month - and with your help, we will hit our target goal of 500 registered events by March 1st!


Participating is Easy!
As a NYSATA member, you and your students are encouraged to participate in Youth Art Month as a strong advocacy tool for your program! Using our new theme Building Community through Art there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large.

  • Submit Flag Designs for the New York State Flag by December 15, 2017.
  • Use our ideas posted here to plan your events.
  • Submit artwork to the Youth Art Month/Legislative Art Show and attend the opening
  • Create an art celebration in your community.
  • Send us documentation of your event using the forms linked above
  • Attend our information workshop at Conference or stop by our YAM Booth!
  • Plan your public relations announcements.
  • Check our Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for ideas and the latest news.
  • Be sure to download and use our new YAM national logos.
  • Contact your YAM State  Co - Chairs Donnalyn Shuster , Julia Lang-Shapiro or Heather McCutcheon.



Region 3 having fun at the YAM booth! 

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