Youth Art Month 2023

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.  

We hope you enjoy the exhibit. Please view the exhibit ceremony video below.

While you are enjoying the galleries, please use the paper and ink icon located on each wall to complete a fan letter to artists whose work you particularly enjoyed.

Look for this image in each gallery to send a fan letter to an artist.

2023 Youth Art Month Exhibit Galleries

Schools can be found under the city/town where the school is physically located.


We are excited to share the work that will be exhibited in the national Youth Art Month Exhibit as part of the National Art Education Association Convention, which will be held in San Antonio this year from April 13 to 15, 2023.

Thank you to Blick Art Supplies for providing gift certificates to those students whose work was selected.

Congratulations to all the President’s Choice Award winners with work in the national exhibit.


We are also excited to host the Youth Art Month Flag Contest, generously sponsored by Blick Art Materials, an industry leader in quality art supplies.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner Lyllian B., grade 9 artist at the Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Art Teacher: Stephanie Lashua

Thank you to the YAM Flag Contest judges: Alice Gentili, Amanda Correia, and Diana Woodruff. None of the judges had entries in the contest.
And another thank you to Blick Art Supplies for providing gift certificates for the YAM Flag Contest.

MAEA would like to thank:

MAEA’s 2023 Statewide Youth Art Month Committee
Amy Hussey and Helen Downey, YAM Committee Co-Chairs
Committee Members: Corine Adams, Falmouth High School; Elizabeth Buck, Worcester Art Museum; Tammra Cook, Charlton Schools, Sarah Doane, Reading Middle School; Elizabeth Mullaney, Norwood High School; Melissa Mastrolia, Acton Boxborough Elementary School; Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Nahant Elementary School; Diana Woodruff, Chair of MAEA Student Recognition Exhibit

With Special Thanks to

Maureen Creegan-Quinquis, President, Massachusetts Art Education Association – For her continuing guidance, and support.
Melissa Mastolia, Past President, Massachusetts Art Education Association – For all her extra work supporting our tech needs and putting this exhibit online.
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 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).