Youth Art Month 2021


Celebrating Youth Voices!

The 35th annual Youth Art Month exhibition will shed light on what matters most to local students. We honor the artistic process as a means for activism, and we celebrate that art allows makers of all ages to share their unique perspectives, concerns, and interests. Join us as we display student talent and applaud your guidance as art educators—particularly in these extraordinary times  

To keep everyone safe, we will not host a large, in-person opening celebration. All artists will receive certificates of participation and other goodies by mail or at the time of their gallery visit during the exhibition, which runs March 7–April 4, 2021.


Teachers: We know this is a busy year, and we hope that by streamlining the Youth Art Month process, we can give you more flexibility when choosing student work.

This year, teachers may submit however many works will fit into a 4x8-foot wall space. For example, you could feature 10 artworks, or have 100 students create one small work each, or feature one large collaborative piece. We have a limited number of pedestals that will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact with your anticipated number of three-dimensional works. You may also choose to design three-dimensional pieces to hang in your designated space as well. Remember, no works with glitter, please!

Two-dimensional works must be mounted for presentation on mat board with a border not exceeding three inches. All works in charcoal, pastels, or similar media must be sprayed with fixative prior to submission.

The Youth Art Month Committee reserves the right to omit works because of a lack of space, fragile condition, or other factors. Works submitted for this exhibition will be handled with the utmost care, but they cannot be insured by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.


We have one more change this year. Because we will not hang work by subject matter as in past years, we have created a new thread to tie everything together: art as activism. What better time than now to remind our community about the voices, interests, and concerns of our next generation?

All submitted artwork must fit within the exhibition theme of art as activism. Subject matter may include but is not limited to:

  • Personal narratives, passions, and interests, or influential people in a student’s life
  • Perspectives on dreams, hopes, or goals
  • Environmental issues (climate change, shoreline erosion, protecting animals, etc.)
  • Connections to history and historical figures
  • Mental-health awareness and self-care
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social media usage and effects
  • Other topics relating to social studies and science class curriculum


Use the label sheet below. It is imperative to confirm accurate spelling and information on this document, which will be used to create the official gallery labels. Print four copies.

  1. Cut one into individual labels and attach to the back of each piece of artwork.
  2. Affix one to the outside of your delivery box or folio.
  3. Place an additional copy with your submissions for Arts Center records and artwork tracking.
  4. Keep one for your records.

Use the fillable PDF and type the labels

Please deliver your submissions in clearly labeled boxes or folios.

Drop-off times

Thursday, February 4, 2:00–7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10,11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18, 2:00–7:00 p.m.  Final deadline for submissions


If you wish to submit a work of art to be considered for use on the YAM 2021 promotional postcard, please deliver it to the Arts Center by Friday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. This piece should be accounted for in your planning of the 4x8-foot wall space.

Contact Claire Carlson for support: or 262-930-5147