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 2023 Theme is YOUR ART, YOUR VOICE

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.

  • 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.
  • Plan your public relations announcements.
  • Contact your local and state dignitaries for a proclamation to Proclame March as Youth Art Month. 
  • 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.
  • Attend our information session at the NYSATA Annual Conference!
  • Send us documentation of your event using the forms.

Thank you, NYSATA Members! 

NYSATA Youth Art Month Committee is excited to share that we are the winners of the
Claire Flanagan Award for 2022

YAM Chairs will travel to NAEA in San Antonio Texas to receive the Award! 
CLICK HERE for details. 

2023 Submit Your YAM Events! 

March was Youth Art Month in New York State. Please consider compiling and submitting your reports as soon as you can. All of your data is vital to the creation of our New York State Report that is submitted in July.

Thank you for sharing your events with us. Please submit your reports by June 30, 2023. 

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected] 



CLICK HERE to Submit


2023 State Flag Design Contest

NYSATA is thankful to BLICK, Royal Brush and GOLDEN Artist Colors for their sponsorship of the NYS Youth Art Month Flag design contest for 2023. BLICK, Royal Brush and GOLDEN contribute art supplies for the student winners and their art teacher's classroom. 

NYSATA is excited to announce the 2023 YAM Flag design winners. Over 300 submissions were received from all across the state. Flag designs were submitted from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Thank you to the students and teachers who submitted designs. The volume and quality of the 2023 submissions is truly a testament to the power of art in education and how students find their voice through visual representation. This year’s Youth Art Month theme, Your Art, Your Voice, resonated with so many students, and each student submitted their unique interpretation of the 2023 theme. 


 2023 YAM Flag winners

 CLICK HERE for a complete list of winners


2023 Resources

YAM Logos
Need a YAM logo to add to your communication or signage for your event? Feel free to use one of these! 
2023 YAM Circle Color Logo
2023 YAM circle logo

2023 YAM Color Rectangle Logo
2021 YAM Banner Logo

Press Release and Proclamation Templates
YAM PR Templates and Proclamation
YAM 2023 Proclamation info for YAM
YAM 2023 How to Write a Press Release from CFAE
Additional Planning Resources
 2023 NYS Complete Planning Guide
 2023 NYS Complete FLAG Information
2023 YAM Overview from CFAE
50 YAM Quick Celebration Ideas from CFAE


Stay Connected! 

YAM Social Media Links

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Contact NYSATA YAM Coordinators 
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 2023 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.

New York State YAM Awards
Awarded Annually by the Council for Arts Education (CFAE) at the National Art Education Association Convention

  • 2021 Award of Excellence 
  • 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

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2019 Flag Award Winner










2019 Awards Ceremony at NAEA in Boston










YAM Co-Chairs with the flag at NAEA 2013










YAM Award Winners at NAEA 2012

YAM Questions? Contact NYSATA YAM Coordinators Tracy Berges and Heather McCutcheon at [email protected]