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Youth Art Month

A Celebration of the Visual Arts

The theme for 2018/2019 is “Your Art, Your Story”.

CAEA State YAM Show: April 1, 2019April 27, 2019

  • Reception: April 27, 2019
  • Fresno Arts Council 1245 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721
  • Winners from regional shows due March 18, 2019. (Digital entries)
  • Northern, Central, and Southern winners can be displayed at NAEA convention March 14–16, 2019.

Regional information for YAM in your region is listed below.
Email Pat Semrick [email protected] for more information.


State Flag Program

Entry information for 2020 will be coming soon.

Congratulations to Gabriela Marquez-Gonzalez,
Winner of the 2019 Youth Art Month Flag Contest for California!

spilled inks with creativity written in the middle

smiling young girl


man in blue hoodie

Mark Chacon


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 Region YAM show is selected as that Region’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


State Flag Program

The primary Council for Art Education event at the national level 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. Entry form can be found at:


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
CAEA Student Photo Release Form alt


Youth Art Month

Northern Area | Central Area | Southern Region Areas


Congratulations to the 2018 State Youth Art Month Winners

Kindergarten–2nd Grade

painting of raccoon

Skylar Songer


Teacher: Pat Semrick
Patty’s ART Party

Central Region


3rd5th Grade

portrait of a man made of leaves

Carter Klein

“Leaf Man”

Teacher: Leslie Yagar
Harbor Day School

Southern Area


6th8th Grade

painting of person with a blue version of same person behind

 Skyla Delka


Teacher: Suzette Morrow
Santa Lucia Middle School

Central Region

9th12th Grade

portrait of a person wearing a native american war bonnet

Nicole Ellsworth

“Inner Vision”

Teacher: Elizabeth Wepsic
The Bishop’s School

Southern Region



Congratulations to the 2018 Ruth Jansen Award Winners

butterfly standing on flowers

Klay Simmons

“Eyes of Silence”

Teacher: Michele Mazzei
Edison High School

Central Region

colorful clay dragon sculpture

Katie Luttenberger


Teacher: Michelle Boucher
 Providence High School

Southern Region



Sargent Art

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