The Council for Art Education promotes
visual art education for all K-12 students
As a cheerleader to this cause, The Council for Art Education directs the national Youth Art Month Program, advocating for visual arts education for all children, and encouraging funding for quality school visual arts programs.
Call us backers, patrons, promoters, or champions.
Mostly, we’re cheerleaders.
We cheer for K-12 visual art education!
- The Council for Art Education, Inc. (CFAE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1984 through its primary sponsor, The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI).
- ACMI is an international association and a leading authority on art and craft materials. It represents over 200 art, craft and creative material manufacturers promoting safety in art and creative products.
- With over 70 years of experience, ACMI’s program for children’s art materials leads the industry, certifying children’s art materials as non-toxic and adult products as properly labeled for safe use.
Our number one priority?
Promote quality school visual art education programs
in grades K-12 across the U.S.
Through the actions of its members, its partners, and the generous support it receives from national organizations and institutions like ACMI, The Council for Art Education actively encourages commitment to the visual arts in grades K-12.
The Council for Art Education provides visual art educators
and state art education associations with valuable resources
and ideas for promoting their visual art education programs
CFAE cheers for K-12 visual art education through its primary campaign, Youth Art Month.
- Youth Art Month began as Children’s Art Month in 1962 through The Crayon and Watercolor Institute (now Art and Creative Materials Institute, or ACMI).
- Today, Youth Art Month showcases the positive impact and association between art teachers and students at the K-12 level.
- The month long celebration emphasizes the positive influences of visual art education not found in standard core curriculum subjects.
- State and local organizers coordinate a variety of activities and events, including art shows, exhibits, fundraisers, and other special events to highlight the importance of visual art education.
See highlights from the most recent Youth Art Month celebrations.
The Main Event
The Council for Art Education’s primary event is the national Student Flag and Banner Contest for K-12 students.
Student winners, their families, and their art teachers can attend the award celebration.
Additional Youth Art Month Events and Awards
- During Youth Art Month, students participate in activities and art exhibits. Exhibitions take place in libraries, art galleries, museums, shopping malls – the possibilities are endless!
Youth Art Month state chairpersons and their state associations are eligible for national recognition and financial awards for their participation in Youth Art Month and their impact on K-12 visual art education. Outstanding state Youth Art Month programs are recognized at NAEA. The grand prize winner receives the Claire Flanagan award, honoring the woman who originally imagined the idea of Youth Art Month over 50 years ago.