It’s time to celebrate quality art programs and the creative visual talents of young people in Texas!

This is the artwork from Aldine ISD student Aliya Arriaga. It will form part of the YAM 2018 State Capitol Exhibit. Aliya attends Worsham Elementary School where she is a kindergarten student.

Each year, the state celebrates National Youth Art Month (YAM) in March. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) sponsors the YAM 2018 State Capitol Exhibit in Austin.

TAEA also has a partnership with the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. TAEA hosts the awards ceremony and reception with an extended exhibition of the Youth Art Month artwork at the museum.


Artwork by Minh Le

Districts across the state submitted artworks created by students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. TAEA selected 100 artworks for exhibition in the YAM Capital Exhibit held at the State Capitol. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum exhibit ran Feb. 25-Mar. 11. The State Capitol Building exhibit in the Lower Rotunda runs March 18-26.

Additionally, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in Austin invited TAEA to display artworks selected from the annual YAM State Capitol Exhibit in their hallway galleries. A selection of student artworks representing quality visual art education programs from across the state is showcased in this exhibit.


Photograph by Graciela Padrón

The State YAM celebration, awards, and reception took place March 11 in Austin. The First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott was on hand to honor the students.

AISD Students’ Works in Youth Art Month Exhibits

Worsham Elementary School

Student: Aliya Arriaga
Grade: Kindergarten

Wilson Intermediate School — International Baccalaureate® School (IB® Middle Years Program)


Artwork by Héctor Torres

Student: Minh Le
Grade: 6th

Drew Academy for Mathematics, Science & the Fine Arts

Student: Graciela Padrón
Grade: 7th

Nimitz High School

Student: Héctor Torres
Grade: 12th

Dr. Michaelann Kelley is proud of the work coming from art programs across the District. Kelley is director of visual arts.


Dr. Michaelann Kelley

We have incredibly talented students in Aldine ISD,” Kelley said. “And guiding them are our amazing art educators. A great arts education program is important. Whether a student pursues art as a career or goes into industry or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the arts develop studentsmode of thinking. Students develop skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.

Studies also show that arts education has a positive effect on studentsacademic outcomes.”


View images from the YAM 2018 Awards Ceremony.