March is Youth Art Month!

Youth Art Month (YAM) in Rapides Parish

Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts!
The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month which encourages support for quality art programs, and promotes art material safety. The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers the program at the national level and provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including: 

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

Art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12.

Each year AMoA celebrates by hosting the Youth Art Month Student Art Competition and YAMDay to showcase the talented students in Rapides Parish.

All K-12 students in Rapides Parish are eligible to enter including traditional, virtual, homeschool, and special needs students. Not all entered works are accepted but are all juried and judged without distinguishing information other than grade level.

40-50 works will be selected to participate in the competition and to be on display at the Alexandria Museum of Art.

Works may be submitted by teachers, parents or high school students on their own behalf and are juried/judged in each grade level category.

Each grade level category is awarded a First, Second and Third Place. One Viewer's Choice Award will be voted on by visitors at the Member Preview Reception and throughout YAMDay activities on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Download/Print 2022 YAM Competition Guidelines

Entering is easy! After reading the guidelines and your art work is complete, you may enter HERE. One entry per student, please.

For more information, please contact

2022 Youth Art Month Competition Schedule:

Entry Deadline:                                              January 31, 2022, midnight

Acceptance notifications:                               February 9, 2022 by 5:00pm

Deadline for delivery of accepted works:       February 18, 2022 by 4:00pm

Exhibition Opens to the public:                      March 5, 2022

YAM Exhibition Dates:                                    March 5 - April 16, 2022

YAMFest and Awards:                                    Saturday, March 12, 2022

All artwork will be available for pick-up:        after April 26

               *AMoA is not responsible for works left after May 31, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 443-3458.