While Youth Art Month typically occurs in March, local and state events celebrating visual art education take place on almost a year round basis. Events are taking place right now in schools, libraries, art centers, museums, and state capitol buildings. Maybe you have seen my tweets?! Currently, WE HAVE MENTOR ARTSTUDENTS who have work representing our congressional district in the Capitol Building in WASHINGTON D.C. and in Columbus. We also have students competing in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition (our "states") this weekend. Mentor students K-12 are competing at the state level in the PTA Reflections contest (in visual art, film, literature and photography) and high school students at the national level (Scholastics Art Awards). Mentor art students are also volunteering for numerous community and global programs such as the LEAF Umbrella Project and The Memory Project, as well as United Way's "Light the Way" project and helping with preparing for The League of Innovative Schools Conference in April.
We hope you feel proud of our Art Program and we thank you for your support. Feel free to share the following from the National Art Education Association:
Youth Art Month Benefits
Youth Art Month exists to:
1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society.Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
2. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
3. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
4. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
5. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
6. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
7. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in artexhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
8. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.