2020 is the 60th Year that New Jersey has observed Youth Art Month. To celebrate this milestone, AENJ will be hosting two state-wide Youth Art Month Events!  To participate in any of AENJ’s 2020 YAM Events, please contact your County YAM Chair(s).

 

If you are doing anything special to celebrate YAM’s 60th Year, we would love to share your event and thank you for your hard work.  To share, please email us at yam@aenj.org or share with with us on Instagram with the hashtag #60YearsofYAM. 

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60 YEARS OF YAM – SPECIAL EVENT * 

Special State YAM Event – Liberty State Park

State YAM Chairs: 

 Kristy Lopez,  Karen Mannino & Jennifer Johnson – yam@aenj.org
Exhibit: March 14 – 21, 2020
Reception: Saturday, March 21: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Awards Ceremony: 11:00 am
Location: Liberty State Park – Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
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STATE YAM – TRENTON
State YAM Chairs:

Jennifer Johnson, Kristy Lopez, & Karen Mannino – yam@aenj.org
Exhibit: February 28 – March 6, 2020
Location: State House Annex Tunnel – Capitol Building Complex
125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
 
High School Reception: Friday, March 6: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Committee Room 4 & 5 – Capitol Building Complex
125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Guest Speaker: TBD – 12:30 PM
Awards Ceremony: 1:00 PM
Elementary (K-8) Reception: Friday, March 6: 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Location: Committee Room 4 & 5 – Capitol Building Complex
125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Awards Ceremony: 6:30 PM

Please bring a photo ID with you when entering the State House.

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ATLANTIC & CAPE MAY
County YAM Chair:

Jennifer Burke – JBurkeSCA@aol.com

County YAM Event:
Exhibit: March 2 – 28, 2020
Reception: March 13: 6:00 pm
Location: Noyes Art Garage of Stockton University

2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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BERGEN
County YAM Chairs:

Tenley Escoffery: tescoffery@montvalek8.org
County YAM Event:
Exhibit: March 17 – 23, 2020
Reception: March 19: 5:00 pm
Location: Bergen County Plaza – County Executive Office
One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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BURLINGTON & CAMDEN
County YAM Chairs:
Jazlyne Wooden – jazlynesabree@gmail.com
Niki Williams – nikilynnwilliams@gmail.com

County YAM Event:

Exhibit: March 5 – 31, 2020
Reception: March 31: 6:00 pm
Location: William G. Rohrer Memorial Library
15 MacArthur Boulevard, Haddon, NJ 08108
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CUMBERLAND, GLOUCESTER & SALEM  
County YAM Chairs:
Yamtricounty@gmail.com
Katina Lampropoulos – klampropoulos@franklintwpschools.org
Patty Nehrbauer – pnehrbauer@mrtes.com
Aaron Weber – aweber@gatewayhs.com

County YAM Event:
Exhibit: March 7 – 13, 2020
Reception: March 13: 5:00 pm
Location: Rowan University Art Gallery
301 High Street West, Glassboro, NJ 08028

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ESSEX
County YAM Chairs:
Amanda Palumbo – APalumbo@nps.k12.nj.us
Marion Resciniti – res150@optonline.net

County YAM Event:

Exhibit: March 2 – 30, 2020
Reception: March 30: 12:00 noon
Location: Essex County Hall of Records
465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102

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HUDSON
County YAM Chairs:
Martha Garcia – mgarcia1@jcboe.org
Kelly Wenz – kellywenz@yahoo.com

Exhibit: March 21 – 28, 2020
Reception: Canceled until further notice
Location: Liberty State Park Ferry Terminal
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
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HUNTERDON & WARREN
County YAM Chairs:
Leigh Kermizian – lkermizi@frsd.k12.nj.us
Barbara Weinstein – bweinstein@franklinschool.org

Exhibit: March 1 – 15, 2020
Reception: Canceled until further notice
Location: Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center, 1738 NJ-31 Clinton, NJ
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MERCER
County YAM Chairs:
Danielle Davis – DADavis@ewingboe.org
Barbara Russo – brusso@ewrsd.k12.nj.us
Facebook and Twitter @mercer_nj_yam

Exhibit: March 11th – April 20, 2020
Reception: Rescheduled for April 11th 12:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ 08611
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MIDDLESEX
County YAM Chairs:
middlesexyam@hotmail.com
Susan Catrone – scatrone@aenj.org
Kristen Barth – kristen.barth@woodbridge.k12.nj.us
County YAM Events:
Exhibit I (Grades K-5): March 7 – 13, 2020
Reception I (Grades K-5): March 13: 7:00 pm
 
Exhibit II (Grades 6 – 12): March 14 – 20, 2020
Reception II (Grades 6-12): Canceled until further notice
 
Location: Woodbridge Artisan Guild
101 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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MONMOUTH
County YAM Chairs:
Colleen Ford – CollFord14@gmail.com
Alison Farrington – atwallace@gmail.com

Exhibit: March 21 – 22, 2020
Reception: Canceled until further notice
Location: The Nilson Gallery at the Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lot #1, Lincroft, NJ 07738
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MORRIS & SUSSEX
County YAM Chairs:
Elizabeth Wassel – Ewassel@hamburgschool.com

Pamela Dean – pdean@hamburgschool.com

County YAM Event:

Exhibit: March 10 – 27, 2020
Reception: Canceled until further notice
Location: County College of Morris Learning Resource Center – Side Gallery
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, NJ 07869

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OCEAN
County YAM Chairs:
Stephanie Kitzmiller – Skitzmiller@stjoeschooltr.org
Jenna Beverly: jbeverly@trschools.com

County YAM Event:

Exhibit: March 1 – 30, 2020
Reception: Canceled until further notice
Location: Ocean County Library – Brick Branch
301 Chambers Bridge Road, Jackson, NJ 08723

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PASSAIC
County YAM Chair:
Lisa Miller – lmiller@passaiccharter.org

Exhibit: March 21-April 2, 2020
Reception: April 2, 2020: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Louis Bay 2nd Public Library & Community Center
345 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, New Jersey 07506
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SOMERSET
County YAM Chairs
Aleksandra Drobik – adrobik@bernardsboe.com
Whitney Ehnert – wehnert@mtsd.us
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/scyam/home

Somerset County YAM Events:
Exhibit I: (Grades K – 5): March 11 – 15, 2020
Reception I: March 15: 2:30-3:30

Exhibit II: (Grades 6 – 12): March 18 – 22, 2020
Reception II: Canceled until further notice
Location: The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster, NJ 07921
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UNION
County YAM Chairs:
Charlotte Banks – charlottebnks1@gmail.com
Joanna Netta – joannanetta80@gmail.com
Carrie Russoniello – barbie0414@comcast.net
https://sites.google.com/site/njunioncountyyam/home
Exhibit:  February 25 – March 20, 2020
Reception: Canceled until further notice
Location: The Plaza @ Liberty Hall Center
1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083


New Jersey has been named the Claire Flanigan Award Winner for their contributions to Youth Art Month during the 2018-2019 School Year.  We are hoping to continue to lead the nation in our Youth Art Month celebrations! Get involved in your county exhibits and advocate for the arts in our schools! View the county lists below to learn how to get involved. Check back if your county information is not listed yet, or contact your county’s YAM chair with questions.

CHAIRS BY COUNTY

ATLANTIC / CAPE MAY

BERGEN

BURLINGTON/CAMDEN

CUMBERLAND, GLOUCESTER & SALEM  

ESSEX

HUDSON

HUNTERDON & WARREN

MERCER

MIDDLESEX

MONMOUTH

MORRIS

OCEAN

PASSAIC

SOMERSET

Somerset County YAM Events:

    • Exhibit I (K – 5): March 11 – 15, 2020
      Reception: March 15: 2:30-3:30
      Exhibit II (6 – 12): March 18 – 22, 2020
      Reception: March 22: 2:30-3:30
      Location: 

The Center for Contemporary Art

2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster, NJ 07921

SUSSEX

UNION


STATE YAM CHAIRS 2018-2019

yam@aenj.org

Karen Maninno and Kristy Lopez

New Jersey leads the nation in its Youth Art Month celebrations! Get involved in your county exhibits and advocate for the arts in our schools! View the county lists below to learn how to get involved. Check back if your county information is not listed yet, or contact your county’s YAM chair with questions.

CHAIRS BY COUNTY

  • ATLANTIC / CAPE MAY
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: March 1 – March 30
    • LOCATION: Noyes Art Garage in Atlantic City
    • RECEPTION: Sat. March 30 – 11:30-1
  • BERGEN
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: Set – Up Monday March 18 2019 Take Down Monday March 25 2019
    • LOCATION: Bergen County Plaza Offices, 1st Floor Lobby/Conference Room, One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ
    • RECEPTION: ‘Thursday March 21 5PM
  • BURLINGTON
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: March 1 through March 9, 2019
    • LOCATION: Wm. G. Rohrer Library, 15 MacArthur Blvd, Westmont, NJ 08108
    • RECEPTION: Saturday March 9, 2:30-4:30pm
  • CAMDEN
    • Niki Williams – williams@mastercharter.org
    • EXHIBIT: March 1 through March 9, 2019
    • LOCATION: Wm. G. Rohrer Library, 15 MacArthur Blvd, Westmont, NJ 08108
    • RECEPTION: Saturday March 9, 2:30-4:30pm
  • ESSEX
    • Cathy Kondreck – ckondreck@mpsdnj.us
    • EXHIBIT: March 1 – March 21, 2019
    • LOCATION: Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ
    • RECEPTION: March 21, 2019 @ 12 noon
  • HUDSON
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: March 6-20
    • LOCATION: The Bethune Center
      140 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
      Jersey City 07305
    • RECEPTION: Wednesday March 20, 6:30-8:00 PM
  • MIDDLESEX  middlesexyam@hotmail.com
    • Susan Catrone and Kristen Barth, Chairs – scatrone @aenj.org
    • EXHIBIT: February 23-March 5, 2019
    • LOCATIONGeorge Street Play House, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ
    • RECEPTION: March 5, 2019 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • MONMOUTH
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: March 30
    • LOCATION: ChaShaMa Gallery Matawan,  58-60 Main Street, Matawan, NJ 07747
    • RECEPTION: March 30 11-2:00
  • PASSAIC
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: March 15th – March 28th
    • LOCATION: Louis Bay 2nd Library, 345 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
    • RECEPTION: March 28 Time TBD
  • SOMERSET https://sites.google.com/site/somersetyouthartmonth/ 
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: Two Dates: Exhibit I (K – 5) March 18 – 24, 2019  Exhibit II (6 – 12) March 26 – 31, 2019
    • LOCATION: The Center for Contemporary Art – 2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921
    • RECEPTION: The Closing Exhibit for the K-5 Exhibit will be, Sunday, March 24, 2019, The Closing Exhibit for the 6 – 12 Exhibit will be, Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • SUSSEX & MORRIS COUNTY
    • CO-CHAIRS
    • EXHIBIT: March 11 – 22, 2019
    • LOCATION: Sussex County Judicial Center, 43-47 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860
    • RECEPTION: ‘Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:00 pm

2019 YAM DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS

Billboard and Overall Winner:
Katherine Updegrove, Grade 10, Somerset County

Flag:
Alexandra Lipshutz, Grade 8, Middlesex County
Invitation:
Emma Engle, Grade 8th, Ocean County

Invitation:
Ashley Rodriguez, Grade 8, Hudson

Button:
Adriana Maranhao- Neto, Grade 4, UNION County

Poster:
Hope Amoroso, Grade 11, Ocean County


2018-2019
YOUTH ART MONTH State Exhibit & Reception
Save the Date: Friday,March 8, 2019
Exhibit: Annex
Receptions: Committee Rooms 4 & 5
High School Reception (Grades 9-12): 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Guest Speaker:  TBD
Awards Ceremony: 1:00 pm
Elementary Reception (K-8): 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Awards Ceremony: 6:30 pm
Location: NJ Statehouse
Capitol Building
125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

How do I get involved in Youth Art Month?

To find out what is happening in your county, please contact your county’s YAM chairperson.  Deadlines for entries in most county YAM exhibits is late January/early February.  Email your county YAM chair for more detailed information.

To complete a YAM endorsement/proclamation in your town, county or legislative district, please click here: 2019 YAM Endorsement Form

To sponsor YAM, please click here: 2019-YAM-Sponsor-Form

Please bring photo ID with you when entering the State House.
NEW for 2018 – 3D Submissions!  (This is optional).  Take a picture of the 3D work against a neutral background.  Enlarge the image to fit on a piece of standard, 8.5″ by 11″ printer paper.  Print in color.  Mat or mount the printed picture, and attach the appropriate labels, before submitting the piece to your county chair.  ***Please do not submit the actual 3D piece.***

2019 YAM DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS

Billboard and Overall Winner:
Katherine Updegrove, Grade 10, Somerset County
Flag:
Alexandra Lipshutz, Grade 8, Middlesex County
Invitation:
Emma Engle, Grade 8th, Ocean County

Invitation: 
Ashley Rodriguez, Grade 8, Hudson

Button:
Adriana Maranhao- Neto, Grade 4, UNION County

Poster: 
Hope Amoroso, Grade 11, Ocean County

For more information on the following, please click on the links below:

2018 YAM Chairs

Click below to view the front label for the YAM Sponsored Exhibit in:

Front Label NEW

Click below to view the permission slip (back label) for the YAM Sponsored Exhibit in:

AENJ YAM Back Label (Permission Form)

AENJ YAM Back Label in Spanish (Permission Form)

What is Youth Art Month?

Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally culminating each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety.

Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) and in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Youth Art Month exists to

1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

2. Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.

3. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.

4. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.

5. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.

6. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.

7. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.

8. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

9. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

The Council for Art Education is the national sponsor of Youth Art Month.

Sargent Art is again generously sponsoring the 2019 YAM Design Contest with a revised prize structure: 

$100 worth of art supplies to five (5) contest design winners and; $200 in art supplies to the student’s art teacher.

A check for cash, $1,000 to one (1) overall design winner, awarded at the Youth Art Month Reception at the statehouse in Trenton. The student’s art teacher will receive an assortment of Art Supplies worth $1200 (this will be shipped directly to the teacher’s school address).

Click here for GUIDELINES and list of prizes provided by Sargent Art!

Thank you Sargent Art for your generous donations in support of YAM!


The NJ State YAM Exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your art students.  Each county in the state is asked to submit 6 pieces of artwork to represent the county.  This artwork is selected by a panel of art teachers in each county and must be created by students of current AENJ members.

Save the Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Youth Art Month State Exhibit & Reception
Exhibit – Annex
Receptions – Committee Rooms 4 & 5
 
High School Reception (Grades 9-12): 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Guest Speaker:  TBD
Awards Ceremony at 1:00 pm
 
Elementary Reception (K-8): 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Awards Ceremony at 6:30 pm
 
NJ Statehouse
Capitol Building
125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

How do I get involved in Youth Art Month?

To find out what is happening in your county, please contact your county’s YAM chairperson.  Deadlines for entries in most county YAM exhibits is late January/early February.  Email your county YAM chair for more detailed information.

To complete a YAM endorsement/proclamation in your town, county or legislative district, please click here: 2018 YAM Endorsement Form

To sponsor YAM, please click here: 2018 YAM Sponsor Form

Please bring photo ID with you when entering the State House.
NEW for 2018 – 3D Submissions!  (This is optional).  Take a picture of the 3D work against a neutral background.  Enlarge the image to fit on a piece of standard, 8.5″ by 11″ printer paper.  Print in color.  Mat or mount the printed picture, and attach the appropriate labels, before submitting the piece to your county chair.  ***Please do not submit the actual 3D piece.***

2019 YAM DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS

Billboard and Overall Winner:
Katherine Updegrove, Grade 10, Somerset County
Flag:
Alexandra Lipshun, Grade 8, Middlesex County
Invitation:
Emma Engle, Grade 8th, Ocean County

Invitation: 
Ashley Rodriguez, Grade 8, Hudson

Button:
Adriana Maranhao- Neto, Grade 4, UNION County

Poster: 
Hope Amoroso, Grade 11, Ocean County

For more information on the following, please click on the links below:

2018 YAM Chairs

Click below to view the front label for the YAM Sponsored Exhibit in:

Front Label NEW

Click below to view the permission slip (back label) for the YAM Sponsored Exhibit in:

AENJ YAM Back Label (Permission Form)

AENJ YAM Back Label in Spanish (Permission Form)

What is Youth Art Month?

Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally culminating each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety.

Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) and in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Youth Art Month exists to

1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

2. Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.

3. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.

4. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.

5. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.

6. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.

7. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.

8. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

9. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

The Council for Art Education is the national sponsor of Youth Art Month.

For the 2018 YAM Design Contest Sargent Art is generously giving:

$100 worth of art supplies to five (5) contest design winners and; $300 in art supplies to the student’s art teacher.

A check for cash, $1,500 to one (1) design winner, awarded at the Youth Art Month Reception at the statehouse in Trenton. The student’s art teacher will receive an assortment of Art Supplies worth $2000 (this will be shipped directly to the teacher’s school address).

Click here for GUIDELINES and list of prizes provided by Sargent Art!

Thank you Sargent Art for your generous donations in support of YAM!