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2022-2023 Youth Art Month

2023 Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition


This year's theme is "Your Art, Your Voice." 

Competition Guidelines:

  • Submissions open October 1, 2022.
  • Incorporate the big idea: "Your Art, Your Voice."
  • Include the word "Florida" and/or an outline of the state and/or identifying symbols of Florida somewhere in the design. Creatively use images that represent Florida.
  • Design can be vertical or horizontal, but must fit in the box on the entry form. 
  • Each FAEA member may submit one design per student.
  • Submit digitally on the FAEA website.
  • Entries due by the TBD deadline.

2021-22 YAM Flag Design
mixed media
Saniya Jones (Grade 9)
Davenport High School

FAEA is proud to announce the winner of the 2022 YAM Flag Design Competition, 9th-grader Saniya Jones from Davenport High School in Polk County! Congratulations to Saniya and her teacher, Joshua Steele. 

Representing the state of Florida, Saniya's flag, Tropics, was displayed with other state YAM flags during the 2022 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in New York City in March. 

Youth Art Month is for you!

The 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 on the value of arts; or celebrations can involve collaborations that 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. 

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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.


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