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Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month HistoryYouth Art Month BenefitsRuth Jansen High School Senior AwardState Flag Program


Youth Art Month History

  • The Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) created Children’s Art Month in 1961 as an event to emphasize the value to children from participating in visual art education.

  • In 1969 the celebration expanded to include secondary school students, and the Children’s Art Month event officially became known as Youth Art Month.

  • In 1984, ACMI created the non-profit organization The Council for Art Education (CFAE) to advocate for visual art education. CFAE coordinates the Youth Art Month program at the national level.


Youth Art Month Benefits

Youth Art Month exists to:

  1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum 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.


Ruth Jansen High School Senior Award 

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. It is given by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos. 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

CAEA is honored to be able to present a $100 Ruth Jansen award to a high school senior from each CAEA Area whose work was submitted during the annual YAM program.  Below are the 2019 winners.

Northern Area 2019 Ruth Jansen Winner

drawing of zebra with one bird on it's head and five on it's back

Zebra on Cardboard

Artist: Shae Silva
Medium: cardboard, paint
Teacher: Jill Langston
School: Campolinda High School, Moraga

smiling female teacher and female student standing in front of tree and leaves

Jill Langston (left) and Shae Silva (right)

Central Area 2019 Ruth Jansen Winner

black and white drawing of young girl with arms around small tree trunk surrounded by leaves

Sunlit Muse

Artist: Anna Titterington
Medium: charcoal
Teacher: Michele Mazzei
School: Edison High School, Fresno


teen girl in front of tree branches wearing a cherry earring

Anna Titterington

adult woman in front of blue background

Michele Mazzei

Southern Region 2019 Ruth Jansen Winner

headless woman on skates about to fall backwards while holding her head in a bowl


Artist: Mia Khattar
Medium: ceramic
Teacher: Kimberly Lababit
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego

female teacher and teen girl smiling in front of brick wall

Kimberly Lababit (left) and Mia Khattar (right)

This year, the CAEA Southern Area and the CAEA San Diego Area chose to merge their YAM shows and select one Southern Region winner, rather than one individual winner for each Area. The 2019 winner is from CAEA's newest Area, the San Diego Area.



State Flag Program

Congratulations to Michael Gaither, Winner of the 2020 Youth Art Month Flag Contest for California!

Student: Michael Gaither
Grade: 12
School: Enterprise High School (Redding, CA)
Teacher: Tamara Watson

female teacher and male student smiling

Tamara Watson (left) and Michael Gaither (right)



Youth Art Month State Winners 

Congratulations to the 2019 State Youth Art Month Winners

Overall State Winner
jacket made from folded book pages

The Book Jacket

Artist: Larkin Stephanos, Grade 9
Medium: pages of a book
Teacher: Jill Langston
Campolindo High School

Northern Area

smiling female student and female teacher standing in front of tree and leaves

Larkin Stephanos (left) and Jill Langston (right)


Kindergarten–2nd Grade
one-eyed female with tongue out wearing a pearl necklace


Artist: Julia Chapman, Grade 1
Medium: ceramic
Teacher: Stacey Hammond
School: Harbor Day School

Southern Region

young girl holding YAM certificate with her smiling female teacher behind her

Stacey Hammond (top) and Julia Chapman (bottom) photo


3rd–5th Grade
young girl sitting on stool in front of a large floral background

Weaving Through Dimensions

Artist: Maura Griffin, Grade 5
Medium: mixed media
Teacher: Andrea Conte
School: Nevada City School of the Arts

Northern Area

female teacher and young girl smiling

Andrea Conte (left) and Maura Griffin (right)


6th–8th Grade
a raven with a basket weave texture mirrored by a more skeletal raven

The Raven

Artist: Chance Severson, Grade 8
Medium: colored pencil, sharpie
Teacher: Milinda Jaffe
School: A. E. Wright Middle School

Southern Region

female teacher and young boy posed in front of his winning artwork "The Raven"

Milinda Jaffe (left) and Chance Severson (right) photo


9th–12th Grade
landscape of phone poll lined road running through green hills

California Foothills

Artist: Alexia Ruiz, Grade 11
Medium: tempera on canvas panel
Teacher: Ryan Rickard
School: East Bakersfield High School

Central Area

male teacher and female student standing in front of her artwork

Ryan Rickard (left) and Alexia Ruiz (right)



Sargent Art

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



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.

CAEA Student Artwork Rubric alt


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
CAEA Student Photo Release Form alt