What is Youth Art Month?

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally
each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety.

Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Started in 1961 through the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) and in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA), 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.

Flag Program

To promote Youth Art Month, the Council for Art Education coordinates Youth Art Month activities at the national level. The primary event is the State Flag Program. Each state coordinates a flag design contest, with the winning design made into a flag for display in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association National Convention in March.

Artwork Program

In addition to the flag contest, states also select and exhibit student artwork throughout the year. Winning artwork pieces are displayed in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association Convention in March.

Program Report/Digital Scrapbook

Youth Art Chairpersons also create digital scrapbook reports, documenting local observances, events, exhibits, proclamations, funding, and community support. Reports are submitted to CFAE, and programs are recognized for outstanding achievement.


2018 Sacramento YAM Show

ARTWORK DROP OFF: The Crocker Art Museum, March 5, 2018
SHOW RUNS: March 8, 2018 - April 1, 2018
RECEPTION: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:00PM -3:00PM, in the Auditorium
PICK UP ARTWORK: April 2, 2018
For the Teacher Agreement and Artist Consent Forms, click here
QUESTIONS: Michael Dittmer,
Due to display space there is a limit of 2 works per teacher
All teachers must be current CAEA members to enter student work


2018 Greater Fresno Area YAM Show at Arte Américas

DATES: Thursday, March 1 – Sunday, March 11, 2018
DROP-OFF DATE and JUDGING: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 am at Arte Américas
RECEPTION and AWARDS at Arte Américas: Sunday, March 11, 2018
For more information and guidelines, please email Pat Semrick at
Your CAEA membership needs to be current to participate



2018 Orange County YAM Show

ARTWORK DROP OFF: January 16th-January 26th
ART DISPLAY: February 9th-March 1st
RECEPTION AND AWARD NIGHT: Thursday, March 1st 5:45-7:00 pm
DROP OFF INFO: Drop off by 5:00 pm weekdays at the Orange County Department of Education to Annabel Arreola ( at 200 Kalmus Drive Costa Mesa, Ca 92626.
To print Labels, please click here.
To print Inventory Sheets, please click here.
Co-Chairs Contact: Heather Soodak or Linda Augustin

2018 Southern California Area Show

ARTWORK DROP OFF: Now - Sunday, March 22, 2018 at the Riverside Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Please contact Caryn 951.961.3053 or to make arrangements for drop off.
EXHIBIT: March 26, 2018- April 7, 2018

QUESTIONS CONTACT: Jacqueline Truong, or Kristen Ursenbach,

2018 Los Angeles County YAM Show

ARTWORK DROP OFF: January 29, 2018 – February 2, 2018
LOCATION: Canoga Park Youth Art Center, 7222 Remmet Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303

RECEPTION AND AWARDS: Sunday, February 25, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
QUESTIONS CONTACT: Luiz Sampaio, luixsampaio@gmail.comor Michele Nelson,

2018 High Desert YAM Show

DATES: January  31, 2018 – February 26, 2018
LOCATION: Gallery 62, 61607 Twentynine Palms Hwy. Ste. H, Joshua Tree, CA  92252

Congratulations to Daniela Lopez, Winner of the 2017 Youth Art Month Flag Contest for California!

Title: Art Republic

Concept:                                                                          Flag:                                                     


11th Grade, Norte High School, Alvord Unified School District, Riverside, CA


Congratulations to the 2017 Central Region Youth Art Month Winners!


Carolina Adams         Nataly Barajas            Kaci Ferguson     Kennedy Romero


Congratulations to the 2017 Northern Region Youth Art Month Winners!


 Gillian Highland     Callista McCarthy            Sophie Naylor                    Julia Schams


Congratulations to the 2017 Southern Region Youth Art Month Winners!


          Max Fetah                         Blake Morrison         Christina Nghiem  Cynthia Samano

Sargent Art logo

Congratulations to the 2017 California Statewide Youth Art Month Winner!

Jacqueline Tsang, Twelfth Grade

Special Thanks to SARGENT ART for Supporting Youth Art Month in California!


High School Youth Art Month Ruth Jansen Awards

Each year a senior high school student from each Area YAM show is selected as that Area's Ruth Jansen Award winner and given a cash award. The funding for this award is provided by a special memorial trust fund established in memory of Ruth Jansen by her family, friends, and the community. We are grateful for the support and recognition this has provided for students.  There is also a Ruth Jansen Award given to outstanding teachers as well. Read more about Ruth Jansen

A thank you note from Xue DiMaggio, winner of the 2016 Ruth Jansen student award.

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