Theme: Building Community through Art
What is Youth Art Month?
Youth Art Month (YAM) was started in 1961. It is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of Art and Art Education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs across the Unites States. The National Art Education Association, as a national sponsor through The Council for Art Education, administers the program at the national level, and Washington Art Education Association administers the program at the state level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including: Problem Solving, Creativity, Observation, and Communication.
There are two ways to be involved with Youth Art Month in Washington State:
1. Students may submit a design based on this year’s theme, Building Community through Art, for the vinyl YAM flag/banner (designed to hang vertically or horizontally). It will hang at the NAEA Convention YAM Museum in Seattle, WA, and then be displayed at the Annual Superintendent’s High School Art show in OSPI offices in Olympia, WA. We try to vary the grade level (elementary, middle, high) of the winner each year.
2. Teachers may submit student artwork for a juried YAM Student Art Exhibition at the Schack Art Center, Everett.
All students must complete the Artwork/Photography Release Form to participate in any of the YAM activities. Participating teachers must be a member of the WAEA.
Sargent Art is the generous sponsor of the YAM Juried Student Art Exhibition prize structure this year. There is a Best of Show $1,000 cash prize for the winning student, and their teacher receives art supplies. The other categories are: one Elementary School winner (K-5), one Middle School winner (gr. 6-8), and one High School winner (gr. 9-12), and their teachers receive art supplies. There will also be a Gift of Participation for each school and Certificates of Participation for each student. The best reward, though, is that all student work is exhibited for 6 weeks at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington. Students and their families really enjoy seeing artwork displayed professionally. Teachers, please mat the work ahead of time or ask the YAM chair for assistance/advice on matting artwork. Information, guidelines and necessary documents will be attached in an upcoming email. Feel free to contact the YAM Chair, Nancy Jordan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017-2018 WAEA-YAM Deadlines and Important Dates
Flag/Banner design – Due Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
February 2 Flag/Banner designs due digitally to Nancy Jordan at email@example.com
March 2 Design made into vinyl flag/banner and shipped to national YAM chair in Wisconsin
March 22-24 Flag/Banner and YAM student artwork displayed at NAEA-YAM Museum in Seattle, WA
May 18 Flag/banner presented at OSPI High School Art Opening in Olympia, Washington, 1-3 p.m.
Student Art Exhibition – Due date: Friday, February 16, 2018 (MSD school district closed Feb. 20-24)
February 16 Artwork due to Harbour Pointe Middle School, Mukilteo, WA by 4 p.m.
February 28 Artwork judged by Schack Art Center staff, and teachers informed
March 1-April 16 Exhibition Dates, Schack Art Center, Everett
March 8 Awards Celebration, Schack Art Center, Everett, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2017 YAM contest winners:
2017 Flag Winner: Charlene Dixon
Best of Show: Open World, Sue Ellen Zhang
Elementary: Zane Osborn, Dragonflight
MS: Eleanor Carruth, Curious
HS: Alyssa Villela, Sting of Youth