Youth Art Month 2019 Your Art, Your Story

Southern Region Areas Youth Art Month

Inland EmpireLos Angeles/VenturaOrange County | San Diego | Southern Area Show

The deadline for the YAM 2020 Flag Contest submissions is January 31, 2020. 

  • Please send a JPG or PDF of each submission, labeled with the student's name, to [email protected] by January 31, 2020.

  • For YAM flag submission guidelines, please click here. You may also visit the CAEA's Youth Art Month webpage for more information.

  • Once the California 2020 winner is selected, the winner's teacher will be asked to send a paper submission of the design, and CAEA will have the flag created.

  • Please remember that any teacher submitting an entry for a student must be a member of CAEA. Teachers may not submit entries for other teachers' students.


Inland Empire

Chairs: Kristen Ursenbach- [email protected] and Karoll Joson- [email protected]

Exhibition: Corona Public Library- January 20th- 27th , Reception TBD

Drop Off: Drop off must be coordinated with the chairs. Artwork must be to chairs by January 15, 2020.

Pick Up: TBD. Artwork will not be removed by teachers or artists on the reception day. Artwork will be returned to chairs and distributed back to the teachers.



Orange County

The theme this year is “Take a Journey Through Art”. Submit up to 10 pieces of student artwork. We accept 2-D, 3-D, and digital work for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Matted or mounted art should not exceed 20" x 24". Include the inventory generated by the Labelmaker. Please ask the receptionist to hold for the OC YAM Exhibit. (You must use the new procedure for labeling - See below) OCDE contact: Annabel Arreola [email protected].

Chairs: Linda Augustin- [email protected] and Heather Soodak- [email protected]

Exhibition:  Orange County Department of Education (OCDE): 200 Kalmus Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 – January 24 – February 6

Reception: Teachers, students and parents are invited to the YAM reception on February 6, 2020. Advertise to your families about the event, invitations will be sent to you to share. 

Drop Off: Deliver art to OCDE, January 13 – January 23, 2020

Pick Up: You may pick up student work the day of the reception unless it has received a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize. If so, your student's work will be transported by us to the Southern Area Show - Date and time to be announced later.

NEW LABELING PROCEDURE: (reduces work for you and is consistent with the Area YAM show).
    • TUTORIALS - Learn the label-making process here or click the link on the CAEA YAM page Watch the 3 videos in order - they are short. Pause the video and follow the steps. 

    • FORMS - Follow the video instructions to make a copy of "Youth Art Month Form" and "Yam Labelmaker" for your use. Find them at this link. Store in your Google Drive YAM file. Follow the video instructions. Print out the Student Photo Release form (link can also be found on the CAEA YAM page) Give a copy to each student; it must be signed by a parent and returned.

    • LABELS for ARTWORK - After entering student info one time, you will have a spreadsheet, labels and an inventory sheet (the magic of Kristen Ursenbach). Print out 2 copies of the labels. Mount the first on foam core and cut out on black lines. Attach it to the bottom right edge of the art - tape from the back. (Do not glue/tape to the front as in previous years) The second label must be affixed to the back of the artwork to ensure work is properly identified. See visual examples here.

    • HARD COPIES & EMAIL - Include hard copies of your Inventory and signed Photo Release forms with your student work.


San Diego

Chair: Elizabeth Wepsic- [email protected]

Exhibition: Bread & Salt Art Gallery 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113- Jan 11-Feb 8, 2020 With reception Feb 8, 2020

Drop Off: Delivery to SDCOE

Los Angeles/Ventura

Chair: Christine Terry: [email protected]

Exhibition: TBD

Drop Off: TBD

Southern Area Show

Chairs: Kristen Ursenbach- [email protected] and Karoll Joson- [email protected]

Exhibition: Riverside Art Museum- February 29th- March 14th Reception March 14th

Drop Off: Drop off must be coordinated with the chairs. Artwork must be to chairs by February 23rd.

Pick Up: March 14th. Artwork will be removed immediately following the show by the chair for your area. Please check in with your chair before taking any artwork to be sure it is accounted for.




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.

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CAEA Student Photo Release Form

Each year, the CAEA website displays photos of YAM winners and their teachers next to the image of each winning artwork. To enable CAEA to do this, this form needs to be completed, signed, and sent to the CAEA YAM Chair ([email protected]) by parents of YAM winners, along with a photo of the winner.

CAEA Student Photo Release Form (Word Doc) alt
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