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Youth Art Month 2023

"Me One Hundred Year Old," Collage by Emma Flachsbarth, 3rd grader, Indian Hills Elementary

Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts. Visit the library by March 25, 2023, to view art by Kansas K-12 students. The theme for this year is "Your Art, Your Voice."

Kansas Art Education Association’s (KAEA) Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. This national program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

KAEA and BLICK work together to provide awards/prizes to the student of the "Best of Show" artwork as well as materials prizes for other students and their teachers!




Vote on your favorite

"SS San Francisco," Oil by Mia Hoeflicker, 12th grader, The Independent School

View the art  showcased throughout the library and vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice awards. There is a ballot box in the atrium for everyone to vote for their favorite art piece using the number on the art label. All student works in the library are eligible for entry, and up to three pieces will be recognized as People's Choice winners.

Bringing the exhibit together

"Tommy the Orange Cat," Sammy Adolph, 8th grader, Cheney Middle School

Library staffer Betsy Roe is a KAEA member and she works with the KAEA Board to coordinate this exhibit. Each art teacher in Kansas can select one artwork to represent each school where they teach. It’s very competitive. The awards are announced at the YAM reception at the end of the exhibit, when all the teachers, students and their families celebrate the amazing talent in Kansas. Students will be able to pick up their art at the reception.

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