Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observation each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.
THE PURPOSE OF YOUTH ART MONTH:
To direct attention to the value of art education which develops divergent & critical thinking; multicultural awareness; as well as technical, communication, and expressive skills.
To increase community, business & governmental support for art education.
To recognize art is a necessity for the full development of a better quality life for all people.
To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new ones.
To increase community understanding and interest in art & art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative learning.
To encourage commitment to the arts by student, community organizations and individuals everywhere.
To recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.
To reflect & demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education on all levels.
To build the recognition and self esteem of student artists as true artists in their own right.