SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2019

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30 MARCH 2019 SchoolArts PAGE SPONSORED BY: F O C U S I N A fter sixty-plus years and count- ing, Youth Art Month keeps getting bigger and better! This year's Youth Art Month theme is "Your Art, Your Story." The Council for Art Education nationally sponsors Youth Art Month focused on one primary goal: Visu- ally demonstrate to federal and state legislators, education officials, com- munity leaders, teachers, and parents the importance of keeping visual art education funded and in schools, and provide a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other traditional school subjects. Art for All Today, Youth Art Month celebrations take place across almost all 50 states with the help of Youth Art Month coordinators and visual art educators in each state. Local and statewide events take place throughout March in a variety of locations, including schools, libraries, art centers, muse- ums, and even state capitol buildings, serving to focus attention on the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. As the program continues to expand, events include additional non-traditional celebra- tions, including a 5K event! As part of the annual Youth Art Month event, students at every grade level in each state have the oppor- tunity to design artwork for a flag or banner in support of the annual theme. One design from each state is selected to be made into a flag or banner using the student's winning artwork. Winning flags and banners from all states are featured in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Students and teachers can also advocate at the local level through a variety of different activities. In addi- tion to art exhibits and school events, local Youth Art Month coordinators obtain proclamations from local elected and school officials. Students can also help create promotional materials such a buttons, posters, bumper stickers, flyers, or signs. Beginnings The annual observance of Youth Art Month began in 1961 when the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) created the Children's Art Month event as a way to emphasize the value of visual art education. In 1969, when the celebration expanded to include secondary school students, the event officially became recognized as Youth Art Month. Today, the nonprofit organization Council for Art Educa- tion manages Youth Art Month at the national level through the generous support of ACMI. Get Involved If you would like to get involved in Youth Art Month, or want to encour- age and expand student participation in annual Youth Art Month activities, contact the chairperson in your state. Information is also available on the Council for Art Education website at . Youth Art Month

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