Youth Art Month 2021

Youth Art Month (YAM), is celebrated nationally each March to bring awareness of the fact that  visual art education is a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society.

In Massachusetts during the month of March MAEA annually sponsors a Statewide preK-12 YAM Exhibit of student artworks submitted by art educators in public, private and independent schools from across the state. There are also regional and district wide YAM exhibits, as well as school-based exhibits and events throughout the year celebrating Art Education. 

Typically held in Boston, this year’s MAEA Statewide Exhibit is virtual! We are happy to share that even with the difficulties of teaching through a pandemic, 136 teachers from public, private and independent schools located in 85 different Massachusetts cities and towns submitted 756 student works of art! And these numbers don’t include work from our Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists Recognitions Exhibit

We hope you enjoy the exhibit  If you do please sign our guest book and leave a message! You can also fill out a Fan letter to a student artist whose work you particularly enjoyed.   

We will be hosting a virtual YAM Celebration sometime in April. This information will be shared with teachers. You can also check back here for the date and time. 

GALLERY 1

Acton
Ashburnham
Ashland
Baldwinville 
Bedford
Boston
Braintree 
Cambridge
Canton
Chelmsford
Chestnut Hill
Dudley
Duxbury






GALLERY 2

Fairhaven
Fall River
Falmouth
Fitchburg
Framingham
Franklin 
Gardner
Grafton
Groton
Holbrook
Holden
Hopedale
Hudson
Kingston





GALLERY 3

Lawrence
Lee
Lexington
Lincoln
Lynn
Marlborough
Marshfield
Medfield
Mendon
Methuen
Milford
Millbury
Millis
Milton
New Bedford
Newton
North Andover
Northborough
Norwood
GALLERY 4

Pembroke
Pittsfield
Quincy
Reading
Saugus
Seekonk
Somerville
South Boston
Southborough
Stow
Sutton
Swampscott
Taunton
Tyngsborough
Uxbridge
GALLERY 5

Walpole
Waltham
Wayland
West Boylston
West Newbury
West Roxbury
West Springfield
Weston
Westwood
Whitman
Winthrop
Worcester



There are lots of ways to enjoy the exhibit!

Look for this image in each gallery to send a fan letter to an artist.
JUST FOR FUN – Choose a level and start your search!

Level 1: Find the matching image
Level 2: Can you find _______?
Level 3: Where does this fragment belong?
Level 4: Solve the clues to find the artwork
Level 5: Find examples of these art terms

Scavenger Hunt Answer Keys

Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5

View the Youth Art Month Webinar Celebration

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 PRESIDENT’S CHOICE WINNERS

We are also excited to share the work that was exhibited in the national Youth Art Month Exhibit as part of the National Art Education Association Convention, which was held virtually this year from March 3 – 7, 2021.

Congratulations to all the President’s Choice Award winners with work in the national exhibit. Click on the images below to view the work in the exhibit.

MAEA would like to thank:

MAEA’s 2021 Statewide Youth Art Month Committee
Jessica Howard and Eleena Rioux, YAM Committee Co-Chairs
Committee Members:  Amanda Bastien, Elizabeth Buck, Helen Downey, Mary Beth Eldridge, Jacob Ginga, Amy Hussey, Rebecca Kostich, Melissa Mastrolia, Coni Moore, Elizabeth Mullaney, Luci Prawdzik, Leslie Quinlan, and Diana Adams Woodruff

With Special Thanks to:

Our webinar guest speakers, amazing visual artists Ethan Murrow and Daisy PattonFor their inspiring words and artwork. 

Ivy H., Somerville High School student  – For her contribution to the concept design and graphics of the exhibit. 

Grace Headrick, Deputy Director, Constituent Services, Office of Governor Charlie Baker
Tyler Cotta, Chief of Staff, State Representative Carole Fiola, Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development 
Kelsey Rode, MPA, Legislative Aide, Office of Representative Mary S. Keefe
For their assistance in obtaining citations and a proclamation.

Melissa Mastrolia, President, Massachusetts Art Education Association – For her continuing guidance, and support, and for putting the exhibit online. 

Jake Ginga,  Past MAEA Exhibitions Chair – For his guidance and for the instructional videos on uploading artwork.

All the Art Teachers For inspiring, instructing, encouraging and caring.

All the Young ArtistsFor creating and sharing. 

And All the Parents, Families and Friends – For supporting their young artist and quality art education for all!

This exhibit is sponsored by The Massachusetts Art Education Association

The Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) advances high quality visual arts education for all students by empowering ‍‍art educators‍‍ to excel in the practice, instruction, promotion, and celebration of visual art. As a state affiliate, we support the mission, vision, and core values of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

Proclamations and Citations