Youth Art Month

YAM Logo 2018

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
  • Selected State YAM Exhibit art displayed at TEA (Texas Education Agency)
  • 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 and the State of Texas has been a leader in Youth Art Month celebrations since it began. TAEA sponsors a flag design contest, an exhibit of 100 pieces of student artwork, an YAM art exhibit at the State Capitol in Austin, followed by a new partnership with the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum where TAEA will host the Awards Ceremony and Reception with an extended exhibition of the Youth Art Month artwork, as well as its participation with TASA / TASB each fall.

2015 YAM Governor's Gallery
This artwork is from the YAM State Capitol Exhibit, done by Rachel, Grade 9, North East ISD.


YAM Events

Submit 2017-2018 Flag Design Entries & State YAM Exhibit Artwork

It's time to Gear Up for Youth Art Month 2018! 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 2017-2018 YAM Booklet):

  • Click on YAM Flag Design Forms to link to the 2017-2018 Flag Design template and Parent Permission Forms.
  • Member teachers can select a winning flag design, and email with Parent Permission Form to
    OR mail both flag design and Parent Permission form to:
    Gretchen Bell, TAEA YAM VP
    c/o Hairgrove Elementary
    7120 N Eldridge Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77041
  • Postmark or email flag design by Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • Click on YAM / TASA 2017-2018 Rules and Forms to link to the 2016 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 right 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 Sunday, October 08, 2017 and Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • District representatives ship artwork to:
    Gretchen Bell, TAEA YAM VP
    c/o Hairgrove Elementary
    7120 N Eldridge Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77041
  • Postmark district YAM artwork by Friday, December 15, 2017.


YAM Exhibit and Celebration 2018

Each year, districts across the state may submit artwork made by Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade student artists to be selected for exhibition in the YAM State Capitol Artwork Exhibit in Austin. The 2018 exhibit will be displayed from March 18-26, 2018, in the Lower Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol Building. The exhibit will begin at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, running from February 25-March 11, 2018. Our annual YAM Celebration, Awards, and Reception will take place on March 11, 2018, to cap off Youth Art Month in Texas. Please make plans to join us in Austin for the annual YAM Texas Celebration.

TEA Exhibit



The Texas Education Agency (TEA) in Austin has graciously invited TAEA to display artworks selected from the annual YAM State Capitol Exhibit in their hallway galleries. A selection of student artworks representing quality Visual Art Education programs from Texas public school districts and private schools are showcased in this exhibit.

We appreciate TEA recognizing and rewarding student artists in this venue, and look forward to a long-running relationship with these state policy-makers. TEA also sponsors annual exhibits from our Senior VASE Gold Seal winners, and selected artworks from our TASA / TASB Conference Exhibit.


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. 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 2016-2017 Governor's Gallery:

  • Aldine ISD
  • Austin ISD
  • College Station ISD
  • Conroe ISD
  • Denton ISD
  • East Central ISD
  • Grand Prairie ISD
  • Humble ISD
  • Katy ISD
  • North East ISD
  • Plano ISD

Click Here to View the Governor's Gallery


YAM Calendar

Please see the 2017-2018 YAM Booklet for a complete list of YAM dates.

Type Dates Event
August 2018
YAM 10 - Sep 14 Online registration for TASA/TASB Conference Exhibit
  More . . .
September 2018
YAM 14 Postmark deadline for TASA/TASB Conference Exhibit artwork
  More . . .


Youth Art Month VP Contact Information

Please contact me if you have any questions, or want to share your YAM events with TAEA. Thank you for your support of art education and of Youth Art Month!

Gretchen Bell
TAEA Youth Art Month VP
c/o Hairgrove Elementary
7120 N Eldridge Pkwy
Houston, TX 77041

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