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 2022 Theme is ART CONNECTS US 

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 Art Connects Us there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large. 

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.

Participating is Easy!
As an 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, Art Connects Us, 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 November 21, 2021.
  • Use our ideas posted here to plan your events.
  • Submit artwork to the Youth Art Month Flagship Event, the Legislative Art Show, and attend the opening reception, if in-person.
  • Create an art celebration in your community.
  • Send us documentation of your event using the forms linked above.
  • Attend our information session at the NYSATA Annual Conference!
  • 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.

2022 State Flag Design Contest

NYSATA is thankful to BLICK and GOLDEN Artist Colors for their sponsorship of the NYS Youth Art Month Flag design contest for 2022. BLICK and GOLDEN contribute art supplies for the student winners and their art teacher's classroom. 

Be sure to:
  • Generate your artwork based on any aspect of the state theme: ART CONNECTS US.
  • Include the name of our state (New York) in the design.
  • Include the current Youth Art Month YAM logo. Do NOT use the old “AYM” logo.
  • Make sure that any lettering or logo is at least 1/4" from the border
  • Use color in your design: markers, colored pencils, watercolor, etc.
  • Use the provided Flag template (ENTRY FORM) and fill out the information section.
  • Have a parent sign the ARTWORK RELEASE signed and submit it with the entry.
  • Submit entries by November 21, 2021.
Entry deadline is November 21, 2021. There are two ways to submit: In person at the YAM Booth during the NYSATA Conference or use the submission link below. 
CLICK HERE for Entry Form + Artwork Release
CLICK HERE to Submit a Flag Design


2022 Resources

YAM Logos
Need a YAM logo to add to your communication or signage for your event? Feel free to use one of these! 
2022 YAM Circle Color Logo
(Image coming soon)

2022 YAM Color Rectangle Logo
(Image coming soon)

Press Release and Proclamation Templates
YAM PR Templates and Proclamation
YAM 2022 Proclamation info for YAM
YAM 2022 How to Write a Press Release from CFAE
Additional Planning Resources
2022 NYS Complete Planning Guide
2022 NYS Complete FLAG Information
2022 YAM Overview from CFAE
50 YAM Quick Celebration Ideas from CFAE


2021 Highlights
Congratulations to the 2021 New York State Youth Art Month Flag Design Winners!

Overall Winner
Jillian Zhang
Grade 8 
Plainview Old Bethpage Middle School

High School Winner
Vanessa Espinoza
Grade 11
Babylon Jr./Sr. High School
Middle School Winner
Yejin Park
Grade 6 
JFK Middle School

Elementary School Winner
Mia Reyes
Grade 3
East Lake Elementary School

Stay Connected! 

YAM Social Media Links

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Contact NYSATA YAM Coordinators 
Donnalyn Shuster, Tracy Berges, and Heather McCutcheon at 
[email protected]



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 the 2022 New York State YAM celebration the biggest yet!! 

NAEA awards

2018 Award of Excellence for Youth Art Month at the 2018 NAEA Convention in Boston! This marks the tenth consecutive year that New York has been the recipient of an award honoring NYS art educators who participate in YAM and share their information so that we may compile a report demonstrating growth and the positive impact of grassroots advocacy for the visual arts.

YAM Awards

New York State YAM Awards
Awarded Annually by CFAE at the National Art Education Association Convention

  • 2021? (Submitted our report)
  • 2020 Award of Excellence
  • 2019 Award of Excellence
  • 2018 Award of Excellence
  • 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 Commendation

NAEA flag     alt.   YAM 2015 Awards at the NAEA Conference, New Orleans.  
NAEA 2019 - Flag award winner &co-chairs        2017 YAM Awards at NAEA

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YAM Co-Chairs with the flag at NAEA 2013;  YAM Award Winners at NAEA 2012
Contact Us

Got questions? Contact YAM chairs
Donnalyn Shuster Tracy Berges and Heather McCutcheon at [email protected]