Youth Art Month celebrated at MHS

Mexico High School Students took part in various experiences and activities throughout the month of March in celebration of Youth Art Month.

Youth Art Month (YAM) is a celebration of the visual arts. YAM is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

YAM focuses on recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including Problem solving, Creativity, Observation and Communication.

On March 2, Advanced Art students visited the “Beyond Van Gogh Immersive Experience” in Rochester at the Dome Arena. (Description: Beyond Van Gogh is a rich and unique multimedia experience, taking the viewer on a journey through over 300 iconic artworks including instantly-recognizable classics "The Starry Night", "Sunflowers", and "Cafe Terrace at Night", now freed from their frames. Set to a symphonic score and using the artist's own dreams, thoughts, and words to drive the experience as a narrative, Van Gogh's art comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Guests will leave with a new appreciation of this prolific artist's stunning work.)

Quotes from students about the Van Gogh experience:

“I have never experienced anything like that before and it was inspiring.” -Amy Gilbert

“I can’t put into words how incredible this experience was; from the moment I walked in I was in awe. Not a second were my eyes dry as his entire life spiraled around me. Thank you so much Mrs. Malone for giving us this opportunity, truly life changing!” -RaShaun Adams

In addition to the Van Gogh Exhibit, Visual and performing arts paired together at the Music in our Schools Month concert series. Art from K-12 students was on display for families and community members to view.

Art students also volunteered their time at the second annual Community Connection Event to offer face painting.

To wrap up Youth Art Month, Art students traveled to the Everson Museum in Syracuse on Wednesday for a docent guided tour to explore the architecture of the museum, the permanent collection and the “Forever is composed of Nows exhibit.

Art Honor Society inducted several new members on March 29 and honored seniors with graduation cords to highlight student dedication in the arts.

View a photo gallery of this month's activities via the MACS Facebook page and the following link:

According to the New York State Art Teachers Association:

What is Youth Art Month?
Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

Started in 1961 by the ACMI (Art and Craft Materials Institute) in cooperation with the NAEA, the program is administered by the Council for Art Education (CAE) and focuses on the following eight goals:

  1. To direct attention to the value of art education which develops divergent and critical thinking skills; multicultural awareness; and technical, communication, and expressive skills.
    2. To increase community, business, and governmental support for art education.
    3. To recognize that art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all people.
    4. To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new ones.
    5. To increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
    6. To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
    7. To encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
    8. To recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

Everson Art Museum