We love Youth Art Month (YAM) because it is a celebration of the visual arts and encourages quality art programs in schools. While Youth Art Month typically occurs in March, local and state events and fundraisers take place on almost a year-round basis.
Art to Remember recognizes how important art education is. It’s why we do what we do. So in honor of YAM, we would like to share some of the best ideas we’ve seen to celebrate YAM!
Post student art on social media, advertising YAM in your school and community:
It doesn’t have to be anything outrageous, it can be as simple as posting student artwork on social media. If you tag us in your Art to Remember projects, we love featuring them on our social media platforms.
Create a digital artwork gallery:
Collect and display all the student artwork online throughout the month. Students will love seeing their artwork displayed, and it’s an easy way to promote and celebrate art.
Host an art show displaying student artwork:
You can hold it as a stand-alone event or as an open-house. Being able to show other students and/or family members their artwork can be one of the most memorable experiences your students have.
Break out the chalk:
Have students create chalk art on the sidewalk, playground, and beyond. The students at Lincoln Tales constructed pieces of art using geometric shapes and artistic self-expression.
Have students create portraits of your staff members:
Having students create portraits of teachers and other staff members is a memorable experience for everyone. It’s a great way to celebrate the hardworking people in your building and is also a great way for students to work on their portrait skills. It makes a beautiful and powerful exhibit. (AOE, 2020)
Turn artwork into products:
Create art awareness by displaying your art on products such as mugs, key chains, t-shirts, etc… Upload your photos into your own personal gallery here and shop over 50 products.
Host a family art night:
A family art night is a great way to invite the entire school community to engage in art. Families can learn about art with their children. This can take many different forms, but the key is that parents and children engage in the creative process together.
Create a collaborative artwork:
Why not get the entire student body involved? When everyone contributes to artwork, the results are always impressive. This can be a mural, film, sculpture, or even a sticky note display. Include the input of all people involved in the artwork. Many schools work together to paint ceiling tiles for the art room and hallways.
Whatever form this takes, be sure to display the resulting work somewhere public. Allow the art itself to share the power of creative learning.
Celebrate Youth Art Month with an art fundraiser with Art to Remember. We make it simple for art preserve artwork while promoting art education (and earn extra funds too!). Interested? Click here to learn more.
There are many different ways to celebrate Youth Art Month and advocate for the importance of art as part of a well-rounded education. Whatever you choose to do in your school and community, make sure that it communicates the value of art education for students. If you need help getting started, we have free lesson plans available too.