Youth Art Month, Council for Art Education

2025 Theme is Healing Through Color

How To Participate in the CAEA YAM Flag and Banner Program

CAEA YAM Flag Competition Entry Basics

Who Can Participate:
Students in grades K-12. Submitting teacher must be a current member of the California Art Education Association (CAEA) and may submit no more than three entries per year.

Designs: The flag design needs to include creative images that represent California or art.
• Designs must incorporate the specific year’s YAM theme, the words “Youth Art Month”, and “California” or “CA”.
• The flag design should be printable to a 3’ x 5’ flag or banner.
• The design may be vertical or horizontal.

Click here to download a PDF detailing the annual Youth Art Month Museum Flag Display information.

Required Forms:
All entries MUST include the following forms:
Flag/Banner Submission Form
Student Artwork/Flag Release Form

Click here to locate the National Flag Entry Form Template and Release Form.

Annual Submission Dates
December 15: Deadline to submit National Flag Entry Form Template and Release Form to [email protected].

December 16 – December 31: CAEA State Council judging of flag submissions.

January 1 to January 15: Winning flag design student and teacher notified; CAEA sends flag design for printing.

February 1: Printed flag sent by CAEA to Council for Art Education for display at the Youth Art Month Museum.

NAEA Annual Convention: Winning flag design on display at the Youth Art Month Museum at the NAEA National Convention.

1. Download the National Flag Entry Form Template here.
2. Students will create a work of art following the design guidelines stated above and in the National Flag Entry Form Template.
2.a. Students can create the work of art directly on the Submission Form or on another sheet of paper and digitally scan the work onto the Submission Form.
3. Download and complete the National Flag Entry Release Form here.
4. Submit the National Flag Entry Form Template and Release Form and a JPEG of the flag design to [email protected].

How to Participate in the General CAEA YAM Program

To allow sufficient time for the artwork from the statewide CAEA YAM programs to be prepared and delivered to the NAEA convention, all CAEA Regional YAM programs (Northern, Central, and Southern) must be concluded 3 weeks before the NAEA national convention each year. Art Educators, be sure to check with your area YAM coordinator for specific deadlines.

Contact information for the area YAM coordinators can be found below.

The 2025 NAEA convention is scheduled to take place in Louisville from March 20-22. Click here for details.

When entering student artwork, please be sure to observe the following requirements:
• Complete a Photo/Plagiarism Release form for each student submitting work.
• Create an Inventory of the work you are submitting.
• Create a Label for each entry you are submitting.
• Turn all Photo/Plagiarism Releases, Inventory, and Labeled Artworks in to your designated chair by area deadlines.

Be sure to follow up with your area or local chair for specific information regarding deadlines and submission information:

• Northern California Chair: Maryann Schultz ([email protected])

• Central California Chair:
 Vacant; if interested, contact Central Area Director Vicki Smart (g[email protected])

• Inland Empire Chair:
Kristen (Ursenbach) Carrillo ([email protected])

• Los Angeles Chair:
Christine Terry ([email protected])

• Orange County Chair:
 Vacant; if interested, contact CAEA Southern Regional YAM Chair Kristen (Ursenbach) Carrillo ([email protected])

• San Diego Chair:
 Alyssa Navapanich, ([email protected])

CAEA Student Artwork Rubric

In the absence of cross-committee norming, rubrics yield subjective results based on each judge’s unique interpretation of the rubric criteria. It is expected that the CAEA Student Artwork Rubric will be used when judging all YAM show and State YAM Flag artwork entries.

Program Report/Digital Scrapbook

State Youth Art Month Chairpersons can 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 with financial awards and trophies.

Youth Art Month CAEA Teacher Membership Requirements

• The teacher submitting a student’s artwork must be a current member of CAEA when the artwork is submitted at all levels of the YAM program.
• The membership must be an individual membership and not an institutional membership.
• The membership status of the teacher submitting student artwork must be verified by the CAEA Executive Secretary, as an NAEA/CAEA ID# is not proof of current membership.
• A member teacher may not submit artwork for another teacher who is not a current member.