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 @ The Phoenix Art Museum

Youth Art Month is a celebration of the arts! During the month of March, student artwork created across our state is showcased in the Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Teachers are invited to submit up to two exemplary K-12 student artworks for the exhibition. Artwork can be dropped off in the Wolfswinkel Education Center at the Phoenix Art Museum (attention: Michelle Sparks) during the entire month of February.

Artwork Requirements:

  • Any 2D media that can be pinned to a wall, size limit 18"x24"
  • Black mat, or mounted on black paper
  • Typed label on bottom right corner (Name, grade, teacher, School District, home city)
  • Artwork Photography Release taped to the back

Youth Art Month: Awards Ceremony and Reception for Participating Artists

The Youth Art Month Awards Ceremony for contest winners and Reception for participating student artists will take place on March 27, 2019.


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 aaea.yam@gmail.com. Let's feature your quality art program in this year's YAM Scrapbook!