Youth Art Month enlivens creativity and fosters patriotism.

by Joanne Bastante-Howard

60Did you know that Youth Art Month is observed in March by thousands of schools in the United States, with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations?

Youth Art Month, originally called “Children’s Art Month,” was founded in 1961 by Crayon, Water Color & Craft Institute, Inc., the predecessor of the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), in cooperation with the National Art Education Association.

The name was changed to reflect the inclusion of secondary school students. The nationwide appeal for Youth Art Month is due to a competition called School Flags Across America…Flying High.

School officials select a theme that represents their state, and they encourage participants to capture that theme by designing flags. What a great way to illustrate the spirit of Youth Art Month and unify children across the U.S.


There are a number of ways all of us can show our support of Youth Art Month. Here are just some ideas:

  • Display student artwork in libraries, community centers, local businesses and art museums.
  • Reach out to local media: Radio, television and online outlets to promote activities and raise awareness about Youth Art Month.
  • Develop local contests with prizes to help children nurture their artistic abilities.
  • Sponsor a special event.
  • Offer a craft workshop.

Unknown Activities depend on local volunteers!

Governors and local officials throughout the country issue proclamations declaring that we all need to make public statements in   favor of art education.

The reality is that most activities for Youth Art Month are carried out and funded by volunteers comprised of parents, educators, librarians, youth leaders at churches, business professionals and students.

It is our hope that you may be interested in volunteering at America’s Special Kidz. With your help we will offer an art campaign to children with disabilities and their siblings called America, the Beautiful.

If you, your school or organization would like to participate in the planning, please contact us at (973) 521-0433 or via email at

Facts about our national favorite to inspire you

America the Beautiful

The lyrics to this beautiful song were written by Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), a professor of English literature at Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, after her inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado in 1893. America the Beautiful first appeared in print in the Congregationalist, a weekly journal, on July 4, 1895. Ms. Bates revised her lyrics in 1904 and then again in 1913.


O beautiful for spacious skies,
for amber waves of grain,
for purple mountain majesties
above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
whose stern impassion’d stress
a thoroughfare for freedom beat
across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
confirm thy soul in self-control,
thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
who more than self their country loved,
and mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
till all success be nobleness,
and ev’ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
that sees beyond the years
thine alabaster cities gleam,
undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea!


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