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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.***


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

Ashley Rodriguez, Grade 8, Hudson

Adriana Maranhao- Neto, Grade 4, UNION County

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!