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March 2017

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PAGE SPONSORED BY: F O C U S I N 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 programs. It pro - vides a forum for acknowledging skills t hat are not possible in other subjects. YAM links more than 800,000 K–12 students and more than 200 art educators all across the United States. Through YAM, student exhibitions, public artworks, art festivals, and school events raise awareness and support for the visual arts to local and state education officials, business and community leaders, and state and fed- eral legislators. The Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) created Children's Art Month in 1961 as an event to emphasize the value of visual arts education. In 1969, the celebra - tion expanded to include second- ary school students and officially became known as Youth Art Month. In 1984, ACMI created the nonprofit Council for Art Education, Inc. (CFAE) to advocate for visual art education. Through the generous support of ACMI, CFAE continues to sponsor and coordinate YAM at the national level. Participate in Youth Art Month This year's YAM theme is "United through Art." Local and state events and fundraisers organized by visual art educators take place in schools, libraries, art centers, museums, and even state capitol buildings. Celebra - tions include exhibits of children's a rtwork; promotional tools such as buttons, posters, and bumper stickers; proclamations from your mayor and local officials; a collection of quotes in support of art and art education from leading citizens and from young stu - dents on what art means to them; and a rtwork in symphony programs, on billboards, in utility customer flyers, and on supermarket bags. This year, the Youth Art Month Museum and Flag and Banner Award Ceremony will once again be featured in the exhibit area of the National Art Education Association convention in New York City. Across the United States, students at every grade level can design flag or banner art. One design from each state is selected to be made into a flag or banner and fea - tured in the YAM Museum. Support Youth Art Month YAM activities show federal and state legislators, education officials, com- munity leaders, teachers, and parents t he importance of keeping visual art education funded and in 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. Don't miss out! Visit councilforart- education.org for more information. Youth Art Month SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 49

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