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.

National Flag Contest for K-12 Students

Using the national theme, each state coordinates a flag design contest.

The 2018/19 theme is "Your Art, Your Story". 2018/19 YAM Information Flyer

Arizona flag design entries are displayed at the AAEA Conference in November. Conference attendees vote to determine the Overall Flag Winner. The Overall Flag Winner's design will be made in to a 3'x5' flag and displayed in the Youth Art Month Display at the annual National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in March. They will also receive a fabulous prize from Sargent Art Supplies.

We ask that teachers jury their own exemplary student designs and submit only two entries per division. Download the forms below.

Fillable 2018-2019 Flag Entry Form and Release Form

Example of YAM Labels

Student Certificate of Achievement Template

State Artwork Program

In conjunction with the National Flag Contest, 1st place prizes will be awarded in the Elementary, Middle, and High School divisions to flag design entries displayed at the AAEA Conference in November. The winning 1st place designs and honorable mentions will be displayed in the Arizona art exhibit in the Youth Art Month Museum at the NAEA Convention in March.

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. The National Flag and State Artwork Programs' winning designs will be highlighted as well.

The Youth Art Month Awards Ceremony and Reception is scheduled in March. Visit the museum for free before or after the reception until 9:00 pm.

If you have questions regarding YAM, please contact the AAEA YAM chair, at