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YAM Curriculum Resources 2017

YAM Quick Start Guide 2017

YAM Overview 2017

YAM 2017 Flag Rubric  **NEW**

Photography Release Form 2017

YAM 2017 Flag Entry Form

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YAM PR Templates and Proclamation/Endorsement Forms 2017

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 YAM 2017 United through Art Logos To Use


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YAM Reporting Forms 2017

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YAM Presentation from NYSATA Conference 2016

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YAM Awards


Our YAM Program has received an Award of Merit for the 3rd time in a row.  Congratulations to all those that helped make it happen!



Our YAM Program has received the 2015 Award of Merit! Thanks to your submissions documenting  YAM celebrations, New York State continues to be recognized for our outstanding efforts in the promotion of our Visual Arts programs on a national level. The award was presented at the 2016 NAEA Conference in Chicago in March March.


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At the 2015 NAEA Conference in New Orleans, Co Chairs Julia Lang Shapiro and Donnalyn Shuster received the Award of Merit for our 2014 YAM program in New York State.

YAM 2015 Awards at the NAEA Conference, New Orleans

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In March 2013 our New York YAM Chairs were recognized at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Annual Conference in Fort Worth with the YAM Award of Excellence. Congratulations to Donnalyn and Julia!


YAM Chairs Julia Lang-Shapiro & Donnalyn Shuster displaying their awards at the NAEA 2013 conference in Fort Worth.

2013 Flag Design created by Quinn Pace from Northport High School. 
YAM Co-Chairs with the flag at NAEA 2013.

YAM Award Winners at NAEA 2012
YAM Chairs Donnalyn Shuster and Julia Lang-Shapiro proudly display the first official New York State YAM flag at the 2011 NAEA Conference in Seattle. The flag was designed by K. Bustamante, Sayville HS.

altIn 2011, New York proudly joined the other 49 states in displaying selected student artwork at the NAEA Conference in Seattle.

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  Shuster accepts a
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Youth Art Month (YAM)


The 2017/2018 theme is “Building Community Through Art” 



Thanks to dedicated art teachers like yourself, who are willing to go that extra mile to promote the accomplishments of your students and demonstrate to the community at large the long term value of strong art programs that we continue to maintain our programs during this difficult time in public education.  Because you have given us your Youth Art Month News  for inclusion in our New York State Report it is now in! There were so many great things going on for YAM this year.  Lets make 2017 New York State YAM bigger!!

What is Youth Art Month?
Youth Art Month 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.

Started in 1961 by the ACMI (Art and Craft Materials Institute) in cooperation with the NAEA, the program is administered by the  Council for Art Education (CAE) and focuses on the following eight goals:

  1. To direct attention to the value of art education which develops divergent and critical thinking skills; multicultural awareness; and technical, communication and expressive skills.
  2. To increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  3. To recognize that art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all people.
  4. To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new ones.
  5. To increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  6. To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  7. To encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  8. To recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

Participating is Easy!
As a NYSATA member, you and your students are encouraged to participate in Youth Art Month as a strong advocacy tool for your program! Using our new theme United through ART there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large.

  • Submit Flag Designs for the New York State Flag by December 16, 2016.
  • Use our ideas posted here to plan your events.
  • Submit artwork to the Youth Art Month/Legislative Art Show and attend the opening
  • Create an art celebration in your community.
  • Send us documentation of your event using the forms linked above
  • Submit work to our electronic Web Gallery
  • Attend our information workshop at Conference or stop by our YAM Booth!
  • Contact your YAM State  Co - Chairs Donnalyn Shuster , Julia Lang-Shapiro or Heather McCutcheon.
  • Plan your public relations announcements.
  • Check our Pinterest and Facebook pages for ideas and the latest news.
  • Be sure to download and use our new YAM national logos.



Region 3 having fun at the YAM booth! 

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