SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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FocuS in: orgAnizATion uPdATeS art youth month Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education, a sponsor of YAM, adopted the theme, "Art Shapes the World!" Art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical-thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders—our children. collaborations The Council for Art Education is proud to partner with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month is an annual observance every March to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum. Participate in yAM We hope you are participating in one of the most rewarding activities for art educators—YAM! During the month of March, you can hold observances of many kinds in schools, libraries, stores, and other places. Your celebration can include exhibits of children's artwork; promotional tools such as buttons, posters, and bumper stickers; a proclamation from your mayor and local officials; a collection of quotes in support of art and art education from leading citizens and from young students on what art means to Page sponsored by: 16 December 2012 SchoolArts them; artwork in symphony programs, on billboards, restaurant placemats, in utility customer flyers, and on supermarket bags. This year, the Youth Art Month Museum and Flag Award Ceremony will be held in the exhibit area of the National Art Education Association convention, which is being held March 7–10 in Fort Worth, Texas. Students in grades K–12 across the country participate in a national Youth Art Month flag design program, with each participating state selecting one design that represents their state and the creative spirit of YAM. Support yAM YAM activities show federal and state legislators, education officials, businesses, community leaders, teachers and parents the importance of keeping visual art education funded and in the schools. Your help makes a huge difference. If you would like to get involved in any of the activities celebrating Youth Art Month, contact the Chairperson in your area by going to www.arteducators.org. Don't miss out on the celebration! For more information visit www.arteducators.org.

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