SchoolArts Magazine

March 2015

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F O C U S I N : O R G A N I Z A T I O N U P D A T E S Y outh 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 pro - grams. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other sub - jects. The Council for Art Edu - cation, a sponsor of YAM, adopted the theme, "Art Shapes the World!" Art edu - cation 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 lead - ers—our children. The Council for Art Edu- cation is proud to partner with the National Art Edu- cation Association (NAEA) to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM). Participate in YAM We hope you are partici- pating 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 celebra- tion 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 them; artwork in symphony programs, on billboards, restaurant placemats, in utility customer flyers, and on super- market bags. This year, the Youth Art Month Museum and Flag Award Ceremony Page sponsored by: Youth Art Month will be held in the exhibit area of the NAEA con - vention, which is being held March 26 to 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Students in grades K–12 across the country par - ticipate in a national YAM 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 legisla - tors, education officials, businesses, community leaders, teachers and par - ents the importance of keeping visual art educa - tion funded and in the schools. Your help makes a huge difference. If you would like to get involved in any of the activities celebrating YAM, contact the chairperson in your area by going to arteducators.org/yam. Don't miss out on the celebration! For more information on YAM, visit www.arteducators.org/yam. Student artwork displayed at the YAM Museum during the 2014 NAEA national conference in San Diego, California. 46 March 2015 SchoolArts

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