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Youth Art Month


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California Arts Education Association

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State Art Show

Elementary, Middle School, and High School Winners from Northern, Central, and Southern Regions compete to determine State winners

Reception and Awards for Student Artists

Saturday, April 27, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
(Awards at 2:30 PM)

Fresno Arts Council

1245 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721

Sponsored by California Art Education, National Art Education Association, Sargent Art, and Patty's ART Party



2020 YAM Information Coming Soon!


Youth Art Month History

  • The Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) created Children’s Art Month in 1961 as an event to emphasize the value to children from participating in visual art education.
  • In 1969 the celebration expanded to include secondary school students, and the Children’s Art Month event officially became known as Youth Art Month.
  • In 1984, ACMI created the non-profit organization The Council for Art Education (CFAE) to advocate for visual art education. CFAE coordinates the Youth Art Month program at the national level.


Youth Art Month Benefits

Youth Art Month exists to:

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


Ruth Jansen High School Senior Award 

Each year, a senior high school student from each Area YAM show is selected as that Area’s Ruth Jansen Award winner and given a cash award. The funding for this award is provided by a special memorial trust fund established in memory of Ruth Jansen by her family, friends, and the community. It is given by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos. We are grateful for the support and recognition this has provided for students. There is also a Ruth Jansen Award given to outstanding teachers as well. Read more about Ruth Jansen

CAEA is honored to be able to present a $100 Ruth Jansen award to a high school senior from each CAEA Area whose work was submitted during the annual YAM program.  Below are the 2019 winners.

drawing of zebra with one bird on it's head and five on it's back

Zebra on Cardboard

Northern Area 2019 Ruth Jansen Winner

Artist: Shae Silva
Medium: cardboard, paint
Teacher: Jill Langston
School: Campolinda High School, Moraga

black and white drawing of young girl with arms around small tree trunk surrounded by leaves

Sunlit Muse

Central Area 2019 Ruth Jansen Winner

Artist: Anna Titterington
Medium: charcoal
Teacher: Michele Mazzei
School: Edison High School, Fresno


teen girl in front of tree branches wearing a cherry earring

Anna Titterington

adult woman in front of blue background

Michele Mazzei

headless woman on skates about to fall backwards while holding her head in a bowl


Southern Region 2019 Ruth Jansen Winner

Artist: Mia Khattar
Medium: ceramic
Teacher: Kimberly Lababit
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego

teen girl in front of tree branches wearing a cherry earring

Kimberly Lababit (left) and Mia Khattar (right)

This year, the CAEA Southern Area and the CAEA San Diego Area chose to merge their YAM shows and select one Southern Region winner, rather than one individual winner for each Area. The 2019 winner is from CAEA's newest Area, the San Diego Area.



State Flag Program

Entry information for 2020 will be coming soon.

The primary Council for Art Education event at the national level is the State Flag Program. Each state coordinates a flag design contest, with the winning design made into a flag for display in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association National Convention in March. Entry form can be found at:

Congratulations to Gabriela Marquez-Gonzalez, Winner of the 2019 Youth Art Month Flag Contest for California!

spilled inks with creativity written in the middle

smiling young girl


man in blue hoodie

Mark Chacon


Youth Art Month State Winners 

2019 State YAM winners will be posted following the State YAM Show Reception in Fresno on April 27, 2019.



Sargent Art

Special Thanks to SARGENT ART for Supporting Youth Art Month in California!



CAEA Student Artwork Rubric

In the absence of cross-committee norming, rubrics yield subjective results based on each judge’s unique interpretation of the rubric criteria.

It is expected that the CAEA Student Artwork Rubric will be used when judging all YAM show and State YAM Flag artwork entries.

CAEA Student Artwork Rubric alt


CAEA Student Photo Release Form

Each year, the CAEA website displays photos of YAM winners and their teachers next to the image of each winning artwork. To enable CAEA to do this, this form needs to be completed, signed, and sent to the CAEA YAM Chair ([email protected]) by parents of YAM winners, along with a photo of the winner.

CAEA Student Photo Release Form (Word Doc) alt
CAEA Student Photo Release Form alt