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.
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!
Scavenger Hunt Answer Keys
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 Patton – For 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 Artists – For 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).