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YAM Curriculum Resources 2018-2019
YAM 2019 Overview from CFAE
YAM 2019 Flag Design Info
2019 Flag Entry Form (With Photo Release)
50 YAM Quick Celebration ideas from CFAE

YAM PR Templates and Proclamation
YAM 2019 Issuing and Using a Proclamation
YAM 2019 Sample Certificate of Recognition
YAM 2019 How to Write a Press Release

 YAM 2019 Your Art, Your Story -  Logos 

YAM 2019 NY Book: Your Art, Your Story
2019 Black & White Logo
2019 Colored Logo
2019 Square Logo (Below)







YAM Awards

2017-18 NYS YAM Report
NYS State YAM Report 2018 sent to CFAE

New York State YAM Awards
These are awarded Annually at the National Arts Education Conference from CFAE

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

alt2017 YAM Awards at NAEA

YAM 2015 Awards at the NAEA Conference, New Orleans

YAM Chairs Julia Lang-Shapiro & Donnalyn Shuster display their awards at the NAEA 2013 convention
in Fort Worth, TX

YAM Co-Chairs with the flag at NAEA 2013;
flag Design by Quinn Pace, Northport HS

YAM Award Winners at NAEA 2012

YAM Chairs Donnalyn Shuster and Julia Lang-Shapiro proudly display the first official NYS YAM flag at the 2011 NAEA convention in Seattle;
flag design by K. Bustamante, Sayville HS

In 2011, New York proudly joined the other 49 states in displaying selected student artwork at the NAEA convention in Seattle

YAM Chair, Donnalyn Shuster accepts a Certificate of Commendation for leadership in NYS, 2010-11

Contact Us

Got questions? Contact YAM chairs
Donnalyn Shuster
Heather McCutcheon
Julia Lang-Shapiro




Youth Art Month (YAM)

We are pleased to announce that the Council for Art Education, Inc. has informed us that New York State will receive the

2018 Award of Excellence for Youth Art Month

at the 2018 NAEA Convention in Boston! This marks the 10th consecutive year that New York has been the recipient of an award honoring NYS art educators who participate in YAM and share their information so that we may compile a report demonstrating growth and the positive impact of grass roots advocacy for the visual arts.

The 2018-2019 theme is
Your Art, Your Story

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 2018 New York State YAM celebration the biggest yet!! 

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.

2019 #MakeArt Monday will be bigger and better than last year!
March is Youth Art Month, celebrated across our
nation, and
althere in the Empire State, we are planning to launch our celebration with a challenge--to have as many as possible engaged in art making on every Monday in March!

You can include special events in your class, school wide projects involving faculty and staff, community events. The possibilities are endless.

Our intent is to create an awareness of the value and impact the visual arts have, not only in our PK-12 schools, but in the community and state at large. What better way to foster grass roots advocacy than to build participation right in your school district or hometown?

Sponsored by NYS Youth Art Month, and with your help, we will hit our target goal of 500 registered events by March 1!


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 Your Art, Your Story 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 14, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Create an art celebration in your community.
  • Send us documentation of your event using the forms linked above.
  • Attend our information session at the NYSATA Annual Conference or stop by our YAM Booth!
  • Plan your public relations announcements.
  • 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.
  • Contact your YAM State Co-Chairs Donnalyn Shuster , Julia Lang-Shapiro or Heather McCutcheon.

s 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 Your Art, Your Story there are many ways you can demonstrate the value of art education to your district and community at large.


NYSATA Region 3 members have some fun at the NYSATA YAM Booth

2018 NYS Flag Design Winners

Overall Flag Design Winner
Ilysa Sirota,
12th Grade, Smithtown East HS
Tim Needles, Teacher

High School Winner
Felicity Boncella,
12th Grade, Herkimer Jr/Sr. High School
Heather McCutcheon, Teacher

Middle School Winner
Elise Pape,
6th Grade, Clinton Middle School
Amy Pape, Teacher

Elementary Winner
Alessia Cardinale,
5th Grade, East Lake Elementary
Patti Krakoff, Teacher

Honorable Mention
Ashleigh Manzella,
Kindergarten, East Lake Elementary
Patti Krakoff, Teacher

Check out our YAM Facebook Page to see the winning designs!


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