What Is Youth Art Month?

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In celebration of Youth Art Month, students around the world are participating in the creation of multiple art pieces. At the Butler House, bucks have been painting murals and bumpers in the style of memorable artists. Murals can be seen in Ms. Soffer’s room, the IB hallway, and the Welcome Center. In the addition to the art at Deerfield Beach High School, students have been painting pillars at Parkridge Elementary School and making crafts for the NE Focal Pts. Intergenerational Day Care Center.

Originally known as Children’s Art Month, Youth Art Month was founded by the Crayon, Water Color & Craft Institute, Inc. in 1961. Observed in March, the month is celebrated by promoting art and art education in the United States. The main goal is to “emphasize the value of participating in art for all children” and make sure that children are given the opportunity to express themselves.

Observing YAM consists of displaying art in museums, libraries and other public places. Local volunteers may carry out special events such as sidewalk art displays, craft workshops, and partnerships with local radio stations, newspapers, and television stations to bring awareness to the month. Along with local competition, there is a nationwide event for the youth to take part in. The competition is called School Flags Across America…Flying High, where students from each state design a flag around a specified theme. Visit the Council For Art Education website to gain more information.