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 sartsintegration.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.