Lubbock ISD YAM, Youth Art Month
March 6 – 28, 2015
Martin McDonald Gallery
“Youth Art Month was founded by the Crayon, Water Color & Craft Institute, Inc., which was the predecessor of the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), in cooperation with the National Art Education Association, in 1961 and was initially called “Children's Art Month.” Its goal was to "emphasize the value of participating in art for all children." It was renamed Youth Art Month in 1969, to include secondary school students. In 1984, ACMI created the Council for Art Education, Inc. (CFAE) to oversee the annual observation of Youth Art Month. As of 2009, CFAE consisted of representatives of: ACMI, the National Art Education Association, "The SHIP" (a group of manufacturers of art materials), and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The Craft & Hobby Association is also involved in Youth Art Month which is held nationally for the entire month of March (Wikipedia).”
The main nation-wide component of Youth Art Month is the initiation a flag design competition. Students design their states flag based upon a theme that is representative of that state and of the spirit of Youth Art Month. The winning design from each state is then made into an actual flag which, once flown over the state’s capitol of each state, progresses on to be flown in Washington along with the other 49 state winners. An opening ceremony is held the first week of March to commemorate the start of Youth Art Month. The winning students and their families are invited to attend this opening ceremony in Washington, D.C. and the flags are displayed throughout the city for March, and then displayed at the Youth Art Month booth at the annual convention of the National Art Education Association.
All 50 states involve all levels of government, both local, state and national whereby similar opening ceremonies are held and supported by local businesses, art educators (both local and university level), parents and local galleries.
Activities depend on the efforts of local volunteers, and can include:
- display of student art at art museums, libraries, galleries and other places throughout the community;
- talks, forums, and discussions on art at the local and university levels;
- partnerships with local newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations to raise the profile of youth art and art education in the community;
- local art competitions, often with winning student art displayed somewhere prominent in the community (e.g. at local bus stops);
- cross-promotions to raise awareness of other local charities or to beautify the community;
- Special events, such craft workshops special promotions from art vendors.
- And lastly, all government elected representatives choose works to be displayed in their public offices.
All in all, the youth of our communities, states and the nation as a whole deserve this opportunity to have their works displayed in public venues that, otherwise, might not be seen outside of the class rooms. And to honor all of our students we extend a “Job well done.”