Youth Art Month Returns to PMA for 22nd Year

DavisRose.2Rose Davis, Grade 8, Mt. Ararat Middle School

The Portland Museum of Art and Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) are proud to welcome back the annual Youth Art Month exhibition—which features student art from across the state of Maine—to the PMA’s galleries for the 22nd year. The exhibition will be on view at the Portland Museum of Art from March 2 through April 3.

All participating students will receive certificates of recognition at an exhibition reception, which is open to the public and will be held at the PMA on Saturday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 207-775-6148

Youth Art Month emphasizes Maine’s educational institutions and how they help mold the next generations of the state’s artists. This exhibition of more than 100 artworks by K-12 students highlights the value of art education for all children, while encouraging public support for quality arts programming in our schools.

Manon Lewis, a teacher at Boothbay Regional High School and MAEA’s coordinator of Youth Art Month, said, “Students who have their artwork exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art have the powerful experience of having their work hung near the works of masters, in a very prestigious environment. This lends a sense of legitimacy and importance to their artistic explorations and their creative product. Students and their families are thrilled by this honor.”

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. Art education 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. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980