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.

The theme for the 2016/2017 school year is “United Through Art”

December 16, 2016: Deadline for Submitting Students' National Flag Entry Forms Along with the Artwork/Flag Release Forms 

Getting Involved:
Ideas for Celebration
Ideas that Work

Planning Forms:
2016/2017 Guidelines for the National Flag/Banner Entry 
• 2016/2017 National Flag Entry Form
Student Artwork/Flag Release
Program Documentation Reporting
Program Documentation Funding Report

Proclamations, Endorsements, Recognition:
Issuing and Using a Proclamation
State Contacts for Governor Proclamation Requests
Sample Cover Letter to Principal or Superintendent
Sample Cover to Governor or Mayor
Endorsement Statement

Public Relations - How to Submit a Press Release


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

Sargent Art logo

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.

If you would like to participate in a YAM exhibition, contact the state YAM chair, Steve Trudeau, your Area President, or check out the start kit below to provide you with some guidelines on how to start a YAM show. 

Northern Area Youth Art Month

Greater Sacramento Region YAM
Monday, February 6, 2017: Photos, artist statements and consent forms to Li Ezzell
Monday, February 13, 2017: Photos, artist statements and consent forms due to Crocker
Monday, February 20, 2017: Drop off at Crocker
Monday, February 27, 2017: Install YAM show
Thursday, March 2, 2017: Show opens
Sunday, March 12, 2017: Reception YAM show, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017: Closing date for YAM show
Monday, April 3, 2017: Pick up artwork from Crocker
Contact: Li Ezzell,

Central Area Youth Art Month

Bakersfield YAM Show
Date: March 3, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Location: The Kern High School Teachers Association, 2441 F Street, Bakersfield, 93301
Drop Off: Friday, February 17, 2017
Pick-up Date: March 31, 2017
Reception: to be announced
Contact Person: Rita Torres -

Central Coast YAM Information
Date: March 3, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Location: Coast Unified School District, 1350 Main St. Cambria, CA
Reception: March 3, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Contact Person: Suzette Morrow - (805)927-3889 or

Greater Fresno Area YAM Information
Date: March 9, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Location: Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA
Drop Off and Judging: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Reception: March 26, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Contact Person: Pat Semrick - (559)779-0344 or

Southern Area Youth Art Month

Morongo Valley YAM High School Show 
Exhibition: January 8, 2017 – February 26, 2017
Location: 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Dr., 29 Palms
Drop-off: January 8, 2017 
Reception: January 15, 2017

San Diego County
Exhibition: January 23, 2017 - March 5, 2017
Location: Rose Gallery, Francis Parker School, 6501 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
Drop-off: January 13, 2017 to SDCOE
Reception: March 5, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Rose Gallery, Francis Parker School, 6501 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
More Information:

Morongo Valley YAM K - 8 Show 
Exhibition: February 3, 2017 – February 26, 2017
Location: Gallery 62, 61601 29 Palms Hwy, Ste H, Joshua Tree
Drop off: January 31, 2017
Reception: February 26, 2017 
Contact: Ed Keesling -

Orange County YAM Show
February 1, 2017 – March 23, 2017 
Location: OC Department of Education 200 Kalmus Drive, Bldg A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Drop-off: February 1, 2017 - February 21, 2017
Exhibition: February 23, 2017 - March 23, 2017
Reception: March 23, 2017
Contact: Heather Soodak - or Linda Augustin -
Click here to download the submission labels
Click here to download the inventory sheet

Inland Empire Exhibition
February 25, 2017 - March 4, 2017
Location: Mead Valley Library, 21580 Oakwood Street., Mead Valley, CA 92570
Drop Off Deadline by: Feb. 17th (email me to coordinate time and location)
Reception: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
***Work to be picked up at close of reception by teachers or designated representative.
Contact: Jacqueline Truong -

Los Angeles County
Exhibition: March 8, 2017 - March 12, 2017
Location: Canoga Park Youth Art Center, 7222 Remmet Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303 - 818.346.7099
Drop-off: Feb 28 - March 3, 2017 to CP Youth Art Center, 10am - 5:30 pm (call first, later time may be available)
Satellite drop off stations are being arranged (TBD)
Reception: March 12, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Canoga Park Youth Art Center, 7222 Remmet Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Work to be picked up at close of reception by teachers or designated representative.
Contact: Michele Nelson - or Luiz Sampaio -
Click here to download the entry form
Click here to download the inventory form
Click here to download labels

San Bernardino County Office of Education’s “Young Artists’ Gallery"
Juried Exhibition for Grades 7 - 12
Exhibition: March 6, 2017 - March 19, 2017
Location: Art Gallery, National Orange Show, San Bernardino, CA
Reception: March 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Armalyn De La O -

Southern Area YAM Show
March 26, 2017 – April 30, 2017
Location: Norman P. Murray Community Center 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Drop-off: March 25, 2017
Exhibition: March 26, 2017 – April 30, 2017
Reception: April 30, 2017 
Contact: Dru Maurer -

For further Information, please contact Lora Murphy Sanders, Southern Area Yam Chair

State YAM Youth Art Month

Date: TBD
Commitment Date:TBD
Contact: Steve Trudeau,


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