SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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Davis Publications We understand how busy you are and we want to help! Each year, Davis Publications produces the Art Education Advocacy Guide and Monthly Planner. As an art educator, you need a planner that tells you more than what day it is. Looking to back up your research? Need to know how to apply for grants, when to alert the media about what you are doing, or who to approach when you need allies in the struggle to maintain high-quality art education? You'll find all of that—and Frida Kahlo's birthday, too!—in the Davis Publications Art Education Advocacy Guide and Monthly Planner. Go to davisart.com, or call (800) 533-2847 to request yours today. Sakura of America SchoolArts magazine schoolarts THEME: Anticipating the Future Youth Art 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 Participate in YAM We hope you are participating Council for Art Education, a sponsor of Youth ni a za t in one of the most rewarding ion upd Art Month, adopted the theme, "Start With Art, activities for art educators— Learn for Life." Art education develops self-esteem, YAM! During the month of March, you can hold observances of many kinds, appreciation of the work of others, self-expresin schools, libraries, stores and other sion, cooperation with others, and critical places. Your celebration can include exhibthinking skills. All of these skills are vital to its of children's artwork, promotional tools such as buttons, posters, and bumper stickers, the success of our future leaders— a proclamation from your mayor and local offiour children. te s FOCUS IN a org First in art education since 1901 March 2009 $4.95 Circle No. 162 on Reader's Service Card cials, a collection of quotes in support of art and art education from leading citizens and from young students on what art means to them, artwork in symphony programs, on billboards, restaurant placemats, in utilty customer flyers, and on supermarket bags. Whatever you do, be sure to submit photos and articles about all your events, newspaper, radio and television features, interviews, and other coverage of your observance to your state YAM chairperson. This information should be submitted by the close of the school year to your state chairperson, who will document all these state observances to CFAE by mid-July. CFAE reviews these state observances and gives awards to the states submitting a record of their observances. Support YAM Thanks to generous contributions from donors, CFAE will raise awareness through national YAM observances, including the display of the YAM Flags at the 23rd Annual National Flag Event and distribution of YAM information and display of the YAM state flags at several national conferences. These activities show federal and state legislators, education officials, businesses, com- munity leaders, teachers and parents the importance of keeping visual art education funded and in the schools. In addition, contributions may be made separately to the 2009 "Sponsor a Flag Designer" fund to send student flag designers from all over the U. S. to New York City for the Flag Event to receive recognition for their unique, artistic YAM flags. Please consider sponsoring a Flag Designer, so that they may be able to attend this very special event. You can also donate to the general fund, or provide an inkind donation (art materials, services, etc.) to help make YAM a success. Your help makes a huge difference. For more information on making a donation, participating in a state observance, or to find out the name of your state chairperson, please contact: The Council for Art Education, Inc., P. O. Box 479, Hanson, MA 02341 or (781) 2934100 or debbief@acminet.org. For more information visit www.acminet.org/cfae.htm schoolartsonline.com 44 March 2009 SchoolArts Sakura of America's parent company was founded by art educators in 1921. Sakura remains an avid advocate for art education by supplying safe, affordable materials that foster communication and expression as a core principal. We support art education through a variety of sponsorships and ongoing projects such as the Cray-Pas Wonderful, Colorful World Contest; World Awareness Children's Museum; the Marie Walsh Foundation; CFAE; Youth Art Month; NAEA; Resource Area for Teachers; Mocha Oakland; Sun Gallery; 13th District Art Contest; City of Fremont Anime Faire; Anaheim '09 Kids Craft Day; Manga Start; manga drawing contests; manga illustration Teacher Tube workshops; and ACMI. For more information, go to Sakuraofamerica.com, or call (800) 776-625. 7 SchoolArts magazine strives to provide essential support to art educators around the world. That's why each month SchoolArts features an organization that works to heighten awareness surrounding issues that affect the art education community. Along with a team of sponsors, we bring attention to arts organizations such as the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), Youth Art Month (YAM), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), VSA arts, the Empty Bowls Project, Pin Wheels for Peace, and the Memory Project. Be sure to check our this month's featured organization on page seven. If you are a member of an organization that works to provide support to the art education community and would like to represent your organization in SchoolArts, please e-mail contactus@davisart.com.

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