Youth Art Month

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March is Youth Art Month in Illinois and we’re here to spread the word about what you’re doing!

Planning YAM activities and events or participating in advocacy efforts? Read more below and drop us a note…

 

What is Youth Art Month?

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

  • Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.
  • Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
  • Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
  • Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
  • Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  • Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  • Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  • Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  • Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

Please note that Council for Art Education is the national sponsor of Youth Art Month

If you have any questions about what to include on your website please contact youthart@ilaea.org

Lead a celebration at your school, community, or learning environment!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Display the downloadable Youth Art Month logo located on the YAM Homepage , along with student artwork.
  • Invite local artists to come to school and share their artwork and art-making processes with students.
  • Ask your administrators and school board to endorse March as Youth Art Month ; declare it in school-wide publications.YAMendorsement2013
  • Host an afternoon or weekend student-led art-making festival for the community.
  • Partner with a local business or the local government to use student artwork for publicity purposes.
  • Contact local newspapers, radio stations, and television stations to cover your event!
  • Host a potluck breakfast before school for parents and students to recognize outstanding student artists in your school.
  • Create a bulletin board based on the state theme.
  • Get local businesses to support your efforts and keep track of who donates anything whether it’s money or time. We need to report who is supporting our programs.
  • Follow YOUTH ART MONTH board on Pinterest to see and share ideas.
  • Be sure to check out these useful letters for your principal, Superintendent, and library services.

YAM SOcial 2020#YouthArtMonth is celebrated across the nation every March to encourage support of the Arts in our schools. To kick off this annual event, Illinois Art Education Association, with our sponsor, Blick would love to see you use #ILYAM on social media. Please use your school name and activity in the caption. Winners will be chosen as you post how you are celebrating Youth Art Month at your teaching assignment! So, #ILYAM today, for your chance at a $50.00 BLICK card! 

 Congratulations to the 2020 YAM winners!

STUDENT GRADE SCHOOL
Grand Prize Winner:
Thalia Wesclitz
Grade 12
Mother McAuley High School
High School Winner:
Kennadee Gabby
Grade 10 Marion High School Unit #2
Jr. High Winner:
Amanda Hansma
Grade 8 Yorkville Middle School
Elementary School Winner:
Alexa Mesi
Grade 1 Ivy Hall Elementary

 Congratulations to the 2019 YAM winners!

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STUDENT GRADE SCHOOL
Grand Prize Winner:
Bekka Goldstein
Grade 12
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
High School Winner:
Megan Dunn
Grade 11 Johnsburg High School
Jr. High Winner:
Kenneth Sledzinski
Grade 8 Holy Trinity Catholic School
Elementary School Winner:
Dylan Knight
Grade 4 Dryden Elementary School

 Congratulations to the 2018 YAM winners!

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STUDENT GRADE SCHOOL
Grand Prize Winner:
Hai Ling Chen
Grade 12
Johnsburg High School
High SchoolWinner:
Marliese Ruch
Grade 12 Oswego High School
Middle School Winner:
Alec Osato
Grade 7 Westfield Middle School
Elementary School Winner:
Tyler Ubert
Grade 2 Dryden Elementary School

 Congratulations to the 2017 YAM winners!

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STUDENT GRADE SCHOOL
Grand Prize:
Madison Glass
Grade 12
Stockton High School
540 North Rush Street
Stockton, IL 61085
Ava Hartschuh Grade 5 Monroe Elementary School
210 N. Madison
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Ashley Zhang
Grade 7 Westfield Middle School
149 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Emma Jones
Grade 10 Plainfield South High School
7800 W. Caton Farm Road
Plainfield, IL 60586

Congratulations to the 2016 YAM winners!

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STUDENT GRADE SCHOOL
Carissa Silet Grade 9 Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Lincolnshire, IL
Savanna Bell Grade 11 Bureau Valley
High School
Manilus, IL
Rithik Thekiniath Grade 4 Fry Elementary School
Naperville, IL
Heather Cox Grade 7 Glenn Westlake Middle School
Lombard, IL
Kaiden Shofstall Grade 8 Glenn Westlake
Middle School
Lombard, IL
Janelle Butler Grade 12 Homewood-Flossmoor
High School
Flossmoor, IL
Emma Novak Grade 11 Homewood-Flossmoor
High School
Flossmoor, IL
Heidi Fischer Grade 10 Johnsburg
High School
Johnsburg, IL
Kendall McMahon Grade 12 Johnsburg
High School
Johnsburg, IL
Madison Bazilewich Grade 12 Lake County High School
Technology Campus
Grayslake, IL
Andrew Steele Grade 8 Liberty Junior
High School
Daniel Galush Grade 11 Marmion Academy
Aurora, IL
Bart Czechyra Grade 3 Meadow Ridge School
Orland Park, IL
Bianca Olson Grade 7 Westfield
Middle School
Bloomingdale,IL
Jenny Petrova Grade 7 Westfield
Middle School
Bloomingdale,IL
Haley Sullivan Grade 12 The Willows Academy
Des Plaines, IL

 Congratulations to the 2015 YAM winners!
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Breonna Balensiefen

Grade 11

Bureau Valley High School Sheila Heth
Mia Guzynski

Grade 12

 

Homewood-Flossmoor High School Jackie Wargo

 

Mick Delea

Grade 3

Dryden Elementary Tricia Fuglestad

 

Haley Wierzbicki

Grade 12

Bureau Valley High School Sheila Heth

 

Maggie Palcom

Grade 12

Jefferson High School Lynn Stockton

 

Elizabeth Erickson

Grade 12

Carmel Catholic High School Sheela Gladwell

 

Amanda Im

Grade 11

Carmel Catholic High School Sheela Gladwell

 

Cole Fisher

Grade 12

Yorkville High School Christine Glenn

 

Emily Lange

Grade 8

Martino Junior High School Brooke Nicholson

 

Jane Sieg

Grade 2

St. Peter Lutheran School Nancy Gilles

 

Casey Darre

Grade 8

Westfield Middle School Deyana Matt

 

Allison Greager

Grade 11

Hinsdale Central High School Laura Milas

 

Miranda Pikus

Grade 8

Still Middle School Donna Davis

 

Vanessa Bello

Grade 12

Lake County High School Technology Campus Heidi Stachulak

 

Katherine Doyle

Grade 4

Dryen Elementary School Tricia Fuglestad

 

YAM Endorsement

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Illinois Youth Art Month Coordinator
Tricia Frost
YouthArt@Ilaea.org

Thank you to our Illinois legislators who endorse Illinois Youth Art Month 2020

State Representative District 51  Mary Edly-Allen

56th District Michelle Mussman

114th District LaToya Greenwood

65th District Dan Ugaste

18th District Robyn Gabel

Senator Sara Feigenholtz

11th District Ann Williams

75th District David Welter

2nd District Theresa Mah

78th District Camille Lilly

State Senator Laura Fine

State Rep Fran Hurley for the 35th District

 

Illinois YAM Proclamation 2020