Youth Art Month

  • The Council for Art Education administers Youth Art Month (YAM) at the national level to showcase the positive impact and association between art teachers and students. YAM promotes visual art education for all K - 12 students and encourages funding for quality school art programs.

  • Annually during the month of March, school and community organizers coordinate a variety of events and activities, including art shows, special exhibits, and fundraisers, to celebrate and highlight the importance visual art education.

  • During the Year, AAEA coordinates a state flag design contest open to all AAEA members . The winning overall flag design will represented Arizona at national level events and different state events .

2022 Youth Art Month
"Art Connects Us"

AAEA YAM Flag Contest Winners!


Thank you to Sargent Art!

AAEA 2022 YAM Winners will receive

  • 2022 Flag Student Winner: Receives assorted art supplies worth $250 retail value.

  • 2022 Flag Teacher Winner: Receives classroom art supplies worth $500 Retail value.

  • Division Student Winners: Elementary 3-5, Middle and High – art supplies for the student worth $100 Retail Value and a certificate.

  • Division Teacher Winners: Classroom art supplies for the teacher worth $250 Retail value.


Join us back, March 24, 2022 for the Virtual Showcase with Arizona Department of Education!

Please use #AZYAM to share any Youth Art Month Activities or Youth Artwork and please include us @az.art.ed

Celebrate Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month is a month-long celebration of the arts and a way to share the need for quality art education with others. Participating in YAM is simple! Consider doing any or all of these activities with your students and share the power of art with your community. We'd love to see how you are celebrating, so don't forget to send us a photo @AZ.ART.ED & #AZYAM!

  • Display student art in your district office or school and label it "Youth Art Month Exhibit." This can be on your bulletin board, by the office, in the cafeteria, anywhere!

  • Hold a community art exhibit at a local business like a coffee shop, library, or museum.

  • Invite parents to work alongside your students for the day and engage in art making.

  • Host a family event highlighting the arts with make-and-take booths, music, performances, and live art-making.

  • Invite practicing community artist to share their expertise with your students.

  • Give the prompt "YAM" as a sketchbook assignment and see what they come up with.

  • Meet with your legislators and give them a framed piece of student art with an artist statement.

  • Post student art on social media highlighting YAM at your school.

  • Have your students make art to donate or sell to raise money for a charity.

  • Have a week or month of school-wide YAM activities like a "Cool Colors Day" or "Art History Day" where they dress like their favorite artists or artworks.

  • Celebrate Vincent van Gogh's birthday on March 30th by creating van Gogh inspired artwork.

  • Hold an Empty Bowls Dinner.

  • Have students create portraits of the school staff and display them.

  • Make artist trading cards!

  • Create a collaborative school-wide project for your student artists .

You can also submit your YAM activities & photos by emailing your AAEA YAM chair, at aaea.yam@gmail.com. Let's feature your quality art program in this year's YAM Scrapbook!