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2018-2019 Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month is for you!

Florida Art Education Association invites all art educators to participate in YAM activities! Celebrations can be as simple as a single class learning activity that focuses attention to the value of arts; or celebrations can involve collaborations which result in multi-school art exhibits. You can start with one thing that you already are doing successfully and design a way to share the value gained by your students- with parents, with school administrators, with the community, and/or with politicians. 

Youth Art Month is celebrated during the month of March, but art successes from any time of the year deserve recognition. Please send a picture, description, and/or media article about advocacy events to, and it will be included in Florida's YAM national report. Label your email with the title 'YAM Event' and send it in anytime. 

50 Ideas to Celebrate

YAM Issuing and Using a Proclamation

YAM Sample Proclamation Letter

YAM Sample Proclamation Language

YAM Sample Endorsement

YAM Sample Certificate of Recognition

YAM How to Submit a Press Release

YAM Sample Text for Press Release

Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition

Get involved in Youth Art Month by submitting a student design for Florida’s Youth Art Month Flag Design competition. The theme for this year is “Your Art, Your Story.” Flag designs should communicate an aspect of Florida’s culture, history, and/or geography. The use of the YAM logo is encouraged and the words “Your Art, Your Story” should also be included.

One student flag design per student can be electronically submitted to FAEA’s website. Submissions will open on October 1, 2018 and be accepted through January 18, 2019.  Release forms are automatically generated with each submission. Signed release forms are due by January 25, 2019. The YAM logo is here.

The winning design will be exhibited along with other state YAM flags in Boston at the NAEA Conference in March.


  • Submissions open October 1, 2018
  • Incorporate the big idea: "Your Art, Your Story"
  • Include Florida somewhere in the design
  • Design can be vertical or horizontal, but must fit in the box on the entry form. NOTE: The flags will be displayed in a vertical orientation.
  • Creatively use images that represent Florida or art.
  • Each FAEA member may submit one design per student.
  • Submit digitally on the FAEA website.
  • Entries due by the January 18, 2019 deadline.

Optional submission form to be uploaded. 

To submit your students' entries, login to your FAEA account.

What is Youth Art Month?

A national arts advocacy program, Youth Art Month was initiated in 1961 by the ACMI (Art and Craft Materials Institute.) The CAE, (Council for Art Education, Inc.) administers the program along with the sponsorship of NAEA.

The goals of Youth Art Month are:

  • To recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.
  • To recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
  • To direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
  • To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
  • To encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  • To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  • To increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  • To increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  • To reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.


YAM Flag Design
Jade Levy (Grade 9)
Mays Conservatory of the Arts

Congratulations to our 2018 Youth Art Month Flag Design winner, Jade Levy, grade 9, from Mays Conservatory of the Arts, and her teacher Gerald Obregon.

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