SchoolArts Magazine

February 2018

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46 PAGE SPONSORED BY: F O C U S I N Y outh Art Month continues to build support in schools across the United States, and 2018 is no exception. Youth Art Month (YAM) activi- ties serve as a means to advocate for visual art education for grades K–12. More than 800,000 K–12 students and 200 art educators across the country contribute to student exhibitions and art festivals in order to focus atten- tion on the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Visual art educators organize local and state events in a variety of loca- tions, including schools, libraries, art c enters, museums, and even state cap- itol buildings. The events are designed t o visually demonstrate to federal and state legislators, education officials, community leaders, teachers, and par - ents the importance of keeping visual a rt education funded and in schools, and to provide a forum for acknowl- edging skills that are not possible in o ther traditional school subjects. Beginnings The annual observance of Youth Art Month, which typically takes place in March, began more than fifty years ago, but under a slightly different name. In 1961, the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) created the Children's Art Month event as a way to help emphasize the value of visual art edu - cation. It wasn't until 1969 when the c elebration expanded to include sec- ondary school students that the event o fficially became known as Youth Art Month. To assist with efforts to advo- cate for visual art education, ACMI c reated The Council for Art Education, Inc. (CFAE) in 1984. ACMI now serves as a primary sponsor of CFAE, which coordinates the Youth Art Month pro- gram at the national level. Community Through Art This year's Youth Art Month theme is "Building Community Through Art." As part of the annual event, students at every grade level in each state have the opportunity 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 win - ning artwork. The flag is featured in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle, Washington. Students and teachers can also advocate at the local level through a variety of different celebrations. In addition to art exhibits and school events, local Youth Art Month coor- dinators obtain proclamations from local elected and school officials. Students can also help create promo- tional materials such a buttons, post- ers, bumper stickers, flyers, or signs. If you would like to get involved in Youth Art Month, or want to encourage 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 councilforarteducation.org . Youth Art Month 46 FEBRUARY 2018 SchoolArts

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