YAM (Youth Art Month)

Newly added Prize structure as offered by Sargent Art

Chair Contacts:

Ruth Crittendon
Holly Proctor
Glenda Skinner-Noble


Youth Art Month Info:

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Please select one of the appropriate proclamations or endorsements and ask a Mayor, Principal, Superintendent, City Counselor, or any other appropriate person in your local or State community to proclaim Youth Art Month!  And don’t forget to let your YAM chair people know about it.

OAEA would like to recognize Sargent Art as the official prize sponsor of Youth Art Month. Be sure to check out all the great deals and variety of products that Sargent Art has to offer!  

Young People’s Art Exhibit 2018

Oklahoma Contemporary (show runs January 14 – February 24, 2018)

Young People’s Art Exhibit Invitation

Artwork submission due date: January 10 – 13, 2018

Each teacher can submit 6 pieces of artwork on black poster or black mat board, 3-D work is also accepted.

Young People’s Art Exhibit (K-12): We will hang the show on January 13 after the OAEA Board Meeting. Please give your six (6) pieces to any Board Member if you aren’t helping to hang. The exhibition is at Oklahoma Contemporary though February 24. If mailing your work, please send to: H. Proctor, 7489 E 30th St. Tulsa, OK 74129. The exhibit is in the small gallery space near the photography lab Oklahoma Contemporary on the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

Artwork Tags

Artwork Tag Diagram

Artwork Inventory Sheet

Awards ceremony: February 24, viewing is from 11 am – 12 pm and the awards ceremony is 12 – 1 pm. Take down is 1-2 pm.  Please send an invitation home with each student including the show dates and the date of the awards ceremony and reception. Please pick up student artwork after the reception! Teachers can drop off their YAM student flag submissions that day as well.

 In conjunction with the Young People’s Art Exhibit in January, Sargent Art is providing a newly added prize structure. There will be one overall prize given to a student who has work in the Young People’s Art Exhibit and one winner in each of the three age categories; Elementary (K-4), Middle School (5-8), and High School (9-12). 


Youth Arts Month Flag Design

This year, the flag design contest is for K-12th grade. We will continue to rotate the overall winner, but there will also be a 1st place winner in each category (K-6, 6-8, and 9-12). Each winner will receive a printed flag with the focus category being printed for National conference. Please submit all entries to a YAM chair no later than January 25th, 2018. If mailing your submission, please send to:

Glenda Noble-Skinner
4330 North Indian Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 

Superintendent Showcase

We will hang the exhibit on February 23rd, around 10am. Please have your  two (2) pieces of K-6th grade work to a chairperson no later than February. 20, 2018. There will be a closing awards ceremony on April 6th (tentative) from 2:30-4:00. We will be taking the show down after the reception.

Door Hangers

Please have door hangers submitted by February 24th, 2018. Please use card stock if possible. You are welcome to give them to a YAM chair person or mail them to: Holly Proctor, 7489 East 30th Street, Tulsa, OK 74129. We will be handing them to the lawmakers in March (date TBA).

Youth Arts Day at the Capitol

Plans are still progressing, but we are looking at a Saturday in March(tentative date March 3 at 1pm). We will post the dates on the website and Facebook as soon as they are scheduled. Be on the lookout for more info, and please come join us! 

Send in your log!

Send a log of your Youth Art Month events, activities, financials from the 2017-18 school year so that they may be included in our YAM scrapbook. You can scan, mail, or send a photo of your log to any YAM CO-Chair by May 31st. We would also love to have some of your photos of events and newspaper clippings for the annual YAM scrapbook!

Forms & Documents

YAM Door Knocker Template

YAM Poster (with dates and contact info)

YAM Flag Entry Form (K – 12th grade)

YAM Financial Report

YAM Reporting Sheet

YAM Art Exhibit Inventory Sheet (use for both the State Superintendent Exhibit and Young People’s Art Exhibit)

YAM Artwork Tag (use for both the State Superintendent Exhibit and Young People’s Art Exhibit)

YAM Artwork Tag Diagram