Youth Art Month

TAEA advocates for visual art education all year — You Can Too!

  • YAM Flag Design Contest to represent Texas nationally
  • YAM Exhibit for 100 artists at the State Capitol, followed by exhibit and awards reception at Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
  • District and Area associations create YAM scrapbooks celebrating year-round advocacy and YAM events
  • TASA / TASB student art exhibit, advocacy booth and student art demonstrations
  • Connecting art educators with tools for advocacy and communicating the importance of quality visual arts programs at the local, regional and state level


What is Youth Art Month?

March is National Youth Art Month with Texas being a leader in YAM celebrations and events since it began. TAEA sponsors a number of programs celebrating art during the month of March such as a Texas YAM flag design contest, an exhibit of over 100 pieces of student artwork at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Lower Rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Austin, an Awards Ceremony and Reception of exhibited artworks, an exhibit of artwork in the TASA/TASB Conference Exhibit hall during the fall, various Big Art Day celebrations/events, and much more!

The following artworks are from the 2021 YAM State Capitol Exhibit.

YAM Gallery - Emily G - Mabank
Mabank High School, 11th grade, Mabank ISD

YAM Gallery - Azariah P - Pegasus School of the Liberal Arts
Pegasus School of the Liberal Arts, 9th grade

Click on either image for a high resolution image.


YAM Events

Submit 2021-2022 Flag Design Entries & State YAM Exhibit Artwork

It's time to gear up for Youth Art Month!  Get your students working on YAM Flag Designs, and start looking for excellent artwork to represent your district in March at the YAM State Capitol Exhibit.

Here are dates and links (all information and forms are also in the 2021-2022 YAM Book):

  • Click on YAM Flag Design Forms to view the 2021-2022 template and Parent Permission Forms.
  • Member teachers can select a winning flag design, and email with Parent Permission Form to
  • Electronic Flag Design deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Click on TASA / YAM 2021-2022 Rules and Forms for the YAM State Capitol Exhibit Guidelines and Parent Permission Form.
  • Member teachers can submit an artwork to their District Representative, who is responsible for choosing and shipping the correct number of artworks for the district. Registration of all work is by one District Representative. Please contact colleagues or your Arts Coordinator to register and submit work together.
  • District Representatives can register your district / private school online between Friday, October 8, 2021 and Friday, December 10, 2021.
  • District Representatives ship artwork to:
    Tiffany Silverthorne, TAEA Youth Art Month VP
    c/o Gentry Junior School
    1919 E. Archer Rd.
    Baytown, TX 77521
    (all information and forms located in the 2021-2022 YAM Book)


YAM Exhibit and Celebration 2020

Each year, districts across the state may submit artwork made by Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade student artists in public and private schools to be selected for exhibition in the YAM State Capitol Artwork Exhibit in Austin. The 2021 exhibit was displayed at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Our annual YAM Celebration at the Bullock Texas State History Museum was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 closures, but we were able to share the exhibit digitally via social media. Please make plans to join us next year in Austin for the annual YAM Texas Celebration!


Governor's Gallery

Each year, the Office of the First Lady of Texas selects a group of artworks from the YAM State Capitol Exhibit to be showcased in the Governor's Business Office for one year. This year, fifteen pieces will be displayed in both Mrs. Abbott and Governor Abbott's offices. The works are framed by TAEA, and students are invited to a private reception in their honor.

Congratulations to the following districts whose students had artwork selected for the 2022 Governor's Gallery:

  • Burleson ISD
  • College Station ISD
  • Conroe ISD
  • Crosby ISD
  • Frisco ISD
  • Hawley ISD
  • Humble ISD
  • Lubbock ISD
  • Mabank ISD
  • McKinney ISD
  • Nacogdoches ISD
  • Northside ISD
  • Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Socorro ISD
  • Spring Branch ISD

Click Here to View the 2022 Governor's Gallery

Click Here to View the 2022 YAM Digital Capitol Exhibit


YAM Calendar

Please see the 2021-2022 YAM Book for a complete list of YAM dates.

Type Dates Event
August 2022
YAM 10 - Sep 9 TASA/TASB Exhibit Registration
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Youth Art Month VP Contact Information

Please contact me if you have any questions. When sharing your YAM celebrations and events via Social Media, please tag TAEA at #txYAM22. Twitter — @TXarted or Texas YAM, Facebook — @TexasArtEducationAssociation, Instagram — @txarted. Thank you for your support of art education and of Youth Art Month!

Tiffany Silverthorne
TAEA Youth Art Month VP
c/o Gentry Junior School
1919 E. Archer Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521

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