2017 Youth Art Month winners. Congratulations to all the students and teachers!
2018 TN YAM Flag Contest
Your students are invited to join TN students from across the state to participate in the annual Youth Art Month flag design contest. This year’s theme is “Building Community Through Art.” Please support Youth Art Month and TAEA by participating in this year’s flag contest with your students.
Youth Art Month is a nationally observed celebration of the visual arts and is observed each year during the month of March. Its goal is to emphasize the value of visual art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.
Flag entries will be divided into four different grade levels: Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and High. Each teacher can submit up to 10 of your best entries (please no more than 10). A winner will be chosen for each level. The winning student flag designers and their teachers will receive prizes courtesy of Sargent Art. From these four winners, an overall Grand Prize winner will be selected. The Grand Prize winner’s design will be made into the Tennessee YAM flag, which will represent Tennessee at the National Art Education Conference this year. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will win $1000 cash and the winning student’s teacher will win $1500 worth of art supplies from Sargent Art.
Plans are in the works to display all the flag entries at a Youth Art Month Celebration in March. Please consider participating in this great opportunity! Youth Art Month activities promote the great work you do with students each and every day. Entry forms are available on the TAEA website, along with directions on how to submit your entries. More information can also be found on the TN Youth Art Month Facebook page. The deadline to submit is February 9th.
What is YAM?
YAM, or Youth Art Month, is a yearly celebration during the month of March that promotes Art and Art Education in schools across the nation.
Youth Art Month was founded by the Crayon, Water Color & Craft Institute, Inc., 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.
The main nationwide component of Youth Art Month is a competition called School Flags Across America . . . Flying High. As part of the competition, each state Youth Art Month Chairperson selects a theme that is representative of that state and of the spirit of Youth Art Month, and students design flags around that theme. The winning design from each state is then made into an actual flag, and the 50 student-designed flags are then displayed throughout Washington, D.C. following an opening ceremony 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.
Be an Advocate
Youth Art Month is carried out entirely by volunteers. TAEA is proud to be a part of the call to advocate for the Arts in TN. Our Youth Art Month Chair, Angela McCarter, an art teacher in Knox County Schools, organizes and leads our state's efforts to recognize the importance of the Arts in our schools.
We know that everyday as art educators, you advocate for the Arts in your schools. Youth Art Month may only be during the month of March, but the need for the Arts is year-long.
Contact your local officials to let them know the importance of Art in our schools and the lives of our students.