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.

Youth Art Month 2021

The Arizona Art Education Association will be hosting a Youth Arts Month Virtual Showcase and 2021 YAM Flag Design Contest along with the Arizona Department of Education!

This year's theme is

“Art Connects Us”.

The overall winning AAEA design will be made into a flag to represent Arizona and be displayed at the Youth Art Month Museum during the National Art Education Association National Convention and displayed at the Arizona Department of Education YAM Virtual Showcase in mid- March. Divisional winners will also be displayed at the National Art Education Association National Convention and The Arizona Department of Education YAM Virtual Showcase.

Submission Guidelines

  • Open to all AAEA member’s students grade levels K-12

  • Must be original student artwork from the 2020-21 school year

  • Must relate to 2021 Youth Art Month Theme “Art Connect Us”

  • Submit up to 2 student artwork per grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) per teacher.

  • Submit high-res image, cropped to artwork dimensions in JPEG or PNG Files

  • Include a student description of the artwork up to 100 words in length.

Submission Process

  1. Fill out the online submission submission form by Friday, January 8th at 11:59 pm *** Extended to Friday, Feb 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm ***

  2. Upload a signed Artwork- Photography Release form

  3. AAEA winning design and divisional winners will be recognized and highlighted at AAEA/ ADE Virtual showcase in March and will be displayed in the NAEA National Convention. Also the top 10 submissions from all ADE and AAEA submissions of each grade band will be displayed in a virtual showcase and recognized in celebration of Youth Arts Month in March.

Any questions please email Elise Kohli at

This prize winner will receive an assortment of art supplies worth $500 Retail value; and the winning teacher will receive classroom art supplies worth $ 1,000 Retail value.

2019 Flag Contest Winner

Julia Gonzalez Ortiz

8th Grade

Art Educator: Paige Reesor

2019 Elementary Division Winner

Nelly Cabrera

6th Grade

Art Educator: Panthea Begay

This prize winner will recieve art supplies for the student worth $100 Retail Value and a certificate; & classroom art supplies for the teacher worth $300 Retail value

2019 Middle School Division Winner

Arianna Cruz

8th Grade

Art Educator: Ashley Roberts

This prize winner will recieve art supplies for the student worth $100 Retail Value and a certificate; & classroom art supplies for the teacher worth $300 Retail value

2019 High School Division Winner

Sofia Lacosta

11th Grade

Art Educator: Jennifer Jardine

This prize winner will recieve art supplies for the student worth $100 Retail Value and a certificate; & classroom art supplies for the teacher worth $300 Retail value

AAEA + Youth Art Month Celebration + ADE

2019/2020 Youth Arts Month Celebration

In March 2020 we partnered with the Arizona Department of Education to honor the AAEA YAM winners & the Arts during youth art month. The reception was held at the Department of Education State building off of Jefferson St. At the event, AAEA YAM winner’s artwork were hung and highlighted in the Catherine ‘Rusty’ Foley Student Art Gallery, a newly constructed state student art gallery. At the reception Superintendent Kathy Hoffman addressed the public. AAEA & ADE announced the student and teacher winners, revealed the winning student design for the Arts Education Proficiency Seal, and announced, through formal Proclamation the expansion of “Arizona Youth Arts Education Month” to include all artistic disciplines, and celebrated Arts Educators of the Year.


Our 2019/ 2020 Youth Art Month Sponsor

Sargent Arts

AAEA is proud to announce the Prize Winners this Year!

15 Ways to 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!

  • 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 .

Don't forget to submit your YAM activities & photos by clicking the button below or by emailing your AAEA YAM chair, at Let's feature your quality art program in this year's YAM Scrapbook!