Youth art month
Youth Art Month is an annual observance, sponsored by The Council for Art Education, Inc. (CFAE), each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum to support art education by developing self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills.In 1984, the CFAE was created by Art & Craft Materials Institute (ACMI) to administer the national Youth Art Month program and to encourage funding for the program.In 2004, members of the Council include: Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI): which provides all administrative support and a majority of funding for national Youth Art Month. National Art Education Association (NAEA): whose members carry out local Youth Art Month activities and whose state affiliates help fund state Youth Art Month programs. The SHIP: a group of art materials exhibitors at the annual NAEA Convention. The General Federation of Women's Clubs: a volunteer women's organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. See advocacy and children's art.