Youth Art Month

YAM Award Winner


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…


Submit student artwork for YAM Poster Competition and win prizes!


Deadline for entries EXTENDED to Jan. 15th!

The theme is “Take a Journey through Art”. 

Contest Entry Form and Details

Must be an IAEA member to enter. Entries are submitted digitally. 
YAM 2020 Prize structure as offered by Sargent Art: 
  • One winner for each category Elementary, Middle and High – will win art supplies for the student worth $100 Retail Value and a certificate; and classroom art supplies for the teacher worth $300 retail value.
  • One Overall winning student will receive art supplies worth $500, and the Overall winning teacher would receive classroom art supplies worth $ 1,000 retail value.
  • All participating teachers will win prizes from Sargent Art after completing a participation form.

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

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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.

Each Year, IAEA submits a statewide report to the national youth art month chairperson. Please help strengthen Illinois’ portfolio by documenting your efforts in celebrating YAM in your own community.

Please send any publicity, newspaper articles, or printed YAM documentation you produce during the Month of March. You can use this form or email any photos, press clippings, sample items, or video documentation to

 Congratulations to the 2019 YAM winners!


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!


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!


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!

IAEA Poster 2016

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
Jenny Petrova Grade 7 Westfield
Middle School
Haley Sullivan Grade 12 The Willows Academy
Des Plaines, IL

 Congratulations to the 2015 YAM winners!
IAEA Poster 2015

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

  • I hereby sign this form in agreement with the above statements. Writing my name on this form signifies my electronic signature. I authorize this action to be made public at the discretion of the IAEA organization.
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Illinois Youth Art Month Coordinator
Tricia Frost

Thank you to our Illinois legislators who endorse Illinois Youth Art Month 2019

Governor Pritzker
David Welter 75th District
Martin Moylan 55th District
Sonya Harper – 6th District
Katie Stuart 112th District
Diane Pappas 45th District
Allen Skillicorn 66th District
Will Guzzardi 39th District
Elizabeth Hernandez 24th District
Mary Edly-Allen 51st District

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