Youth Art Month Information


Call for Student Entries

  • The flag template and artwork permission forms will be included in the YAM folder at Conference or you may print them online under the Youth Art Month tab.
  •  Select your top 3 artworks and submit the completed templates and permission forms to        (Digital JPEG submissions only).
  • Ask your principal to email your school enrollment, number of art teachers, and number of entries for a free participation gift.  
Julie Harrison
Alabama YAM Chair

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2021 Entries should be submitted to If you have more than 3 entries, please select your top 3 for submission.


2021 Prize Structure

State Overall Winner: Student will receive art supplies worth $250 courtesy of Sargent Art. Art teacher will receive an assortment of classroom art supplies worth $500.

Category Winners (Elementary, Middle, and High School): Student will receive art supplies worth $100 from Sargent Art. Art teacher will receive an assortment of classroom art supplies worth $250.


 Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally culminating each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. Started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) and in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Youth Art Month exists to:

1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

2. Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.

3. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.

4. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.

5. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.

6. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.

7. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.

8. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

9. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

Council for Art Education is the national sponsor of Youth Art Month.