March 8, 2011

So are you looking for Youth Art Month ideas? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

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What is Youth Art Month?

First, according to the National Art Education Association (NaeA), Youth Art Month is:

“an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.”

Since I absolutely love all sorts of arts and crafts, it follows that I also love Youth Art Month! Thus, to help you understand what it is and how you can celebrate, here is some more information:

  • Firstly, Youth Art Month was created in 1961 by ACMI, a non-profit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, in cooperation with the NAEA.
  • Moreover, in 1984, ACMI created CFAE to administer the national program and encourage funding for the program. Current members of the Council include: ACMI, which provides all administrative support and the majority of funding for national Youth Art Month; NAEA, whose members carry out local activities and whose state affiliates help fund state programs; The SHIP, a group of art materials exhibitors at the annual NAEA Convention; and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a volunteer women’s organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.
  • Additionally, other involved organizations include the Association of Crafts & Creative Industries, Hobby Industries Association, and National Art Materials Trade Association.
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What are the goals of Youth Art Month?

Above all, the goal of Youth Art Month is to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12. Further, the program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Art shows
  • Special exhibits
  • Fundraisers
  • School and community activities

Ideas to Help You Celebrate

Undoubtedly, you are now excited about all of the awesome ways you can celebrate Youth Art Month with your students and children! Thus, here is a collection of fun crafts and activities to use both at home and in your classroom.

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Here are some great ideas to use art in your classroom and with your children to celebrate Youth Art Month:

General Art Projects

March is also the time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Purim and SPRING!

St. Patrick’s Day


First, be sure to see this post FULL of St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and activities! Then check out these fun ideas:


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If we are talking about spring holidays then we can’t forget Easter! To that end, here are some perfect crafts to make Easter fun!

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To start, check out this post about Purim. Then see below for some great craft ideas.


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Looking for some great kids’ crafts? Here are our top picks to help you make the most out of Youth Art Month!




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  2. Rachelle

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    • mct224

      Absolutely!!! Thanks for the great ideas!


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