The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to welcome the annual Youth Art Month exhibition—which features student art from across the state of Maine—back to its galleries for the 21st year. Youth Art Month is on view February 28 through March 29, 2015 at the PMA.
Youth Art Month emphasizes Maine’s educational institutions and how they help mold the next generations of the state’s artists. The PMA and the Maine Art Education Association have collaborated on this exhibition for more than 20 years now, and this year’s edition once more promises more than 100 works of art by K-12 students from all over the state. While Youth Art Month provides significant encouragement to students and well-deserved recognition for educators, the exhibition is for more than just the participating students and their families and teachers. This is an exhibition for the entire community to discover the emerging voices of Maine’s youth and to recognize the immense value of arts education in our schools.National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Arteducation provides students with important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to fostering self-esteem, self-discipline, and an appreciation for the work of others. The Youth Art Month exhibition celebrates and validates student achievement in the visual arts, and the Portland Museum of Art is proud to honor the talent and dedication of these young artists and their teachers. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980. (Image credit: Eowyn Michaels, Grade 4, Rainbow Kitty, marker, Canal School, Westbrook)