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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, 2019 – 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.

State Flag Program: Entries due January 18, 2019.
Regional information for YAM in your region is listed below.

Email Pat Semrick [email protected] for more information


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.

CAEA Student Artwork Rubric



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) 
CAEA Student Photo Release Form


Youth Art Month

Northern Area | Central Area | Southern Region Areas



Congratulations to Gabriela Marquez, Winner of the 2018 Youth Art Month Flag Contest for California!

2018 California Flag Winner Gabriela Marquez

10th Grade, Cathedral City High School in Cathedral City

Teacher: Mark Chacon



Congratulations to the 2018
State Youth Art Month Winners

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Raccoon by Skylar Songer

Skylar Songer


Teacher: Pat Semrick
Patty’s ART Party

Central Region

3rd - 5th Grade

Leaf Man by Carter Klein

Carter Klein

“Leaf Man”

Teacher: Leslie Yagar
Harbor Day School

Southern Area


6th-8th Grade

Untitled by Skyla Delka

 Skyla Delka


Teacher: Suzette Morrow
Santa Lucia Middle School

Central Region

9th-12th Grade

Inner Vision by

Nicole Ellsworth

“Inner Vision”

Teacher: Elizabeth Wepsic
The Bishop’s School

Southern Region



Congratulations to the 2018
Ruth Jansen Award Winners

Eyes of SIlence by Klay Simmons

Klay Simmons

“Eyes of Silence”

Teacher: Michele Mazzei
Edison High School

Central Region

Dragon by Katie Luttenberger

Katie Luttenberger


Teacher: Michelle Boucher
 Providence High School

Southern Region



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