Cobb Schools Recognize and Celebrate Youth Art Month!
The Cobb County School District is once again participating and recognizing March as National Youth Art Month. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale signed Cobb’s Youth Art Month Endorsement and Cobb’s Visual Arts Program was recognized at the March 21st board meeting. The Cobb County School District continues to live up to its reputation as a district known for its superior achievement in the fine arts and its commitment to arts education.
Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers the program at the national level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:
- Problem solving
The Cobb County Visual Arts Department celebrates Youth Art Month with school art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities to advocate, recognize, and support visual art education for grades K – 12.
Started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), Youth Art Month exists to:
- Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricular that develops citizens of a global society.
- Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
- Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
- Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
- Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
- Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
- Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
- Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
- Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.
Lewis Elementary Art Teacher, Krista Lewis, serves as the Youth Art Month co-sponsor for the state of Georgia. Krista and her co-sponsor were recognized for their exceptional leadership at the National Art Education Association’s 2019 Conference in Boston.
Laura LaQuaglia, Supervisor
Contributing Information found at https://www.arteducators.org/news/articles/10-youth-art-month-yam