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Youth Art Month (YAM)

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

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 grass roots advocacy for the visual arts.
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The 2020 theme is
Take a Journey through Art

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2019 Youth Art Month started out strong with a visit from Senator Seward

Check out this article: https://www.timestelegram.com/news/20190301/seward-visits-herkimer-high-school-for-youth-art-month


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.

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 Take A Journey 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 November 24, 2020
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

s 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 Take a Journey through Art there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large.


NYSATA Region 3 members have some fun at the NYSATA YAM Booth

2019 NYS Flag Design Winners

  • Overall Flag Design Winner: Julia Manolios, Grade 8, Long Island School for the Gifted 
    Art Teacher:  Robin O'Leary

  • High School Winner: Eh Bpaw Dwe, Grade 11, Buffalo PS #198, International Preparatory School
    Art Teacher: Edyta Syta

  • Middle School Winner, Charlyse LaMantia, Grade 8, Babylon Junior/Senior High School
    Art Teacher: Patricia Stork

  • Elementary School Winner, Alessandra Pons, Grade 6, Park Avenue Memorial ES
    Art Teacher: Susan Zaratin


Check out our YAM Facebook Page to see the winning designs!


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