March is the month to celebrate fine arts in schools! It’s Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month and Theatre in Our Schools, therefore the best month to promote the fine arts in your schools and create meaningful events that highlight successes of your young artists.
Why does it matter? Because as you know arts are often overlooked in this high stakes testing environment. But more importantly, because recognizing the amazing work of our students and teachers builds confidence and understanding for the important role that art plays in the growth of children and in our communities.
As art educators, Matt and I work on promoting Youth Art Month in various ways throughout the month. As a district we hang both a secondary and elementary exhibit and recognize the young artists in a special reception, where we give each student a certificate and seducationcloset.com/…/arts-integration-art-musical-chairsmall sketchbook. Additionally we recognize the best in district with an award and larger gift, our team works hard to gather donations, serve refreshments and make it amazing night.
At the campus level, we are lucky enough to have open house in March so our campuses go all out to set up art and many participate in Big Art Day. Both our state organization the Texas Art Educators Association and the National Art Educators Association have so many resources to help teachers with ideas and planning.
Here are a few other ways to get ideas via social media about our Youth Art Month:
- Use the tag #YouthArtMonth or #YAM16 to view posts on twitter and instagram. There’s lots of posts throughout the month and these tags will help you find everything.
- We’ve also been lucky enough to have two chats on #K12ArtChat discussing Youth Art Month, here is a link to see the archived chats https://storify.com/GrundlerArt.
- Another great way to promote Youth Art Month is on a global level, by having students share their work on the Creatubbles.com via the International Youth Art Month Gallery. For more information here’s a quick read.
We hope to make this gallery go BIG! Please share with others and have your students add work so that we can celebrate them throughout Youth Art Month. We can’t wait to see what your students create!
Wishing you Inspiration, Creativity, and a Fabulous Youth Art Month!
Laura and Matt Grundler
Laura and Matt Grundler are art educators from Plano, Texas. They are also proud parents, bloggers and founders of the popular Twitter Chat #K12ArtChat. After teaching middle school art, high school art and working as an assistant principal, Laura has moved into the role of district Visual Arts Coordinator. Matt started out as a graphic designer; however after finding the commercial side of design to be unsatisfying, he soon found his niche as a K-5 Art teacher. Both Laura and Matt are passionate about raising their three creative kids, sharing their love of art education with their professional learning network and continuing to grow everyday.