Youth Art Month at the Portland Museum of Art is an annual exhibition showcasing the incredible talent in Maine’s art education programs.
In collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA), the PMA is honored to present artwork made by young artists in our communities. Youth Art Month is also an opportunity to highlight the art educators in our schools and the importance of and access to quality art programs. Art educators help to inspire and empower young artists, creating avenues for young artists to express their creativity, find their voice, and cultivate communication skills.
This annual exhibition emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for quality school art programs through a month-long exhibition of artwork by K-12 students throughout the state. The exhibition will begin digitally on March 1, 2022 on the PMA’s website.
Registration will be open from Thursday, January 13, 2022 through Monday, February 14, 2022. To submit student work, you must be a current member of MAEA. Check your membership status, email membership chair Hope Lord before completing the online registration. You may submit one artwork per teacher per school.
Artwork created by multiple students or work with multiple teachers is not permitted. Artwork must be photographed properly (see our Guidelines for Photographing Artwork) and will only be accepted if proper protocol is followed. Because it is a virtual exhibition, we hope that teachers submit a wide array of media. 2D, 3D, animation, short film and video are all able to be submitted. We also will be accepting artist statements.
All artists and their families are invited to the Youth Art Month digital celebration on Saturday, March 12th: * K-4th grade at 3:30pm; * 5th-8th grade at 4:30pm; * 9th-12th grade 5:30pm. More information coming soon. If you have any questions, please contact the MAEA Youth Art Month chair, Elise Pelletier.
Elise Pelletier (Scarborough High School), is our state-wide coordinator and is eager to hear about your local/regional plans to celebrate quality arts education programs in your schools.
MAEA & MEA Youth Art Month at the MEA Building, Augusta
MEA show is Back! (with a different look) Youth Art Monthat the MAINE Capitol Complex in Augusta Partnering with the Maine Arts Commission 1:00 - 3:00 pm Please plan to attend the Art Opening on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Presentations will be at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Teachers who are both MEA (Maine Education Association) and MAEA (Maine Art Education Association) members may submit one piece of student artwork to celebrate Youth Art Month. The artwork will be generously framed by the MEA and will hang in the Capitol Complex in Augusta. Many legislators, Maine government employees, employees and other visitors who go to the Capitol Complex really enjoy viewing the student artwork. Families enjoy the art opening reception and appreciate the beautifully framed artwork that is returned to them after the show. This is a great way to showcase what we do.
*The MEA will accept 30 eligible works of student art on a first-come sign-up basis.
*Please sign-up using the posted Google survey starting Wednesday, November 3 at 6am.
*We will confirm your dual membership with MAEA and MEA. Once you are notified, please mail your student artwork ASAP or by December 3rd, 2021.
*Submit artwork to: Suzanne Goulet Waterville Senior High School One Brooklyn Avenue Waterville, ME 04901 or contact other satellite drop off coordinators – Lynda Leonas (Auburn) email@example.com Hope Lord (Manchester) firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you sign up, we are saving your spot. Last minute cancellations do not allow time to find a replacement.
*The show will hang from February 2022 through mid May, 2022 in the Capitol Complex in Augusta. *Only submit work that will hang for the entire length of the exhibit.
*You will need to pick up the artwork by the end of May and return the framed work to the student.
*Participating educators will receive template invitations to personalize with the student work to pass on to their student artists and school community.
*Attach the following name tag to the back of the artwork. Please use this name tag so the information will be consistent. Please have this media release form filled out and attached to the back of the art.
Dear parent or guardian, Your child’s artwork has been selected by their art teacher to hang in the Maine Capitol Complex in Augusta from February to mid May 2022. The art opening reception will be March 16, 2022 from 1-3:00pm. Congratulations!
I give the Maine Art Education Association permission to reproduce my child’s artwork and name (first and last) in newsletters, school web pages, the MAEA website, the Artsonia website, newspapers and for the postcard invitation to the art opening.