2024 Theme is DREAM IN ART

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 Art Connects Us there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large. 

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 an 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, Art Connects Us, there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large.

  • Use our ideas posted here to plan your events.
  • Submit artwork to the Youth Art Month Flagship Event, the Legislative Art Show, and attend the opening reception, if in person.
  • Create an art celebration in your community.
  • Plan your public relations announcements.
  • Contact your local and state dignitaries for a proclamation to proclaim March as Youth Art Month. 
  • Check our Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for ideas and the latest news.
  • Be sure to download and use our new YAM national logos.
  • Attend our information session at the NYSATA Annual Conference!
  • Send us documentation of your event using the forms.

Thank you, NYSATA Members! 

NYSATA Youth Art Month Committee is excited to share that NYS is the winner of the
Award of Excellence for 2023

Check out the planning guide HERE


2024 State Flag Design Contest

NYSATA is thankful to BLICK and Royal Brush for their sponsorship of the NYS Youth Art Month Flag design contest for 2024. BLICK and Royal Brush contribute art supplies for the student winners and their art teacher's classroom. 

 CLICK HERE for the Full 2024 YAM Flag Winners


2024 Resources

YAM Logos
Need a YAM logo to add to your communication or signage for your event? Feel free to use one of these! 
2024 YAM Circle Color Logo
2023 YAM circle logo

2024 YAM Color Rectangle Logo
2024 YAM logo

Press Release and Proclamation Templates
YAM PR Templates and Proclamation
YAM 2024 Proclamation info for YAM
YAM 2024 How to Write a Press Release from CFAE
Additional Planning Resources
 2024 NYS Complete Planning Guide 
 2024 NYS Complete FLAG Information
2024 YAM Overview from CFAE
50 YAM Quick Celebration Ideas from CFAE


Stay Connected! 

YAM Social Media Links

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Contact NYSATA YAM Coordinators 
Tracy Berges, Patti Krakoff and Heather McCutcheon at 
[email protected]


2024YAM Flag



Thanks to the efforts, time, and energy of our dedicated NYS art teachers we continue to maintain our art programs during challenging times in public education. You demonstrate to the community at large the long-term value of strong art programs.  Thank you for giving us your Youth Art Month News for inclusion in our New York State Report. There were so many great things going on for YAM this year.  Let's make the 2024 New York State YAM celebration the biggest yet!! 

NAEA awards

2023 Award of Excellence Winners

New York State YAM Awards
Awarded Annually by the Council for Arts Education (CFAE) at the National Art Education Association Convention

  • 2022 Claire Flanagan Grand Award
  • 2021 Award of Excellence 
  • 2020 Award of Excellence
  • 2019 Award of Excellence
  • 2018 Award of Excellence
  • 2017 Award of Excellence
  • 2016 Award of Merit
  • 2015 Award of Merit
  • 2014 Award of Merit
  • 2013 Award of Merit
  • 2012 Award of Excellence
  • 2011 Outstanding New Promotion, Outstanding Program, Certificate of Commendation


YAM Chairs accepting the 2022 Claire Flanagan Grand Award
Accepting the Claire Flanagan 2022 Grand Award


NAEA flag

 2019 Flag Winner 




YAM Questions? Contact NYSATA YAM Coordinators Tracy Berges, Heather McCutcheon and Patti Krakoff at [email protected]