North and South High School art students have works that will be on
display at the Capitol Rotunda in Madison as part of Youth Art Month
(YAM), an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art
and art education for all children and to encourage public support for
quality school art programs.
Established in 1961
and sponsored by the Council for Art Education, Inc., YAM provides a
forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects.
Art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others,
self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills.
Exhibiting works of art are North High students
Libby Schmitz, Justin Thao and Sara Chang from Sheboygan North High
School (teacher Frank Juarez) and Sheboygan South students Sara
Wiemann, Devan Brown, and Peng Yang from Sheboygan South High School
(teacher Carol Rokicki) and also from South, Kris Harmelink (teacher
by Libby Schmitz
by Peng Yang
These students' work will be advancing to a state-wide art competition in Madison.
annual Wisconsin Youth Art Month Ceremony will be held on March 20,
2009, at noon in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Lt. Governor Barbara
Lawton is the Honorary Chairperson for this event celebrating the
Wisconsin Art student. The YAM art exhibit featuring artwork by preK-12
grade Wisconsin Art students will be on display in the Rotunda from
During this celebration, that "honors
the act of creating" by Wisconsin's art students, the W. T. Graham
awards will be presented to 42 students along with artistic merit
awards in each of the states six Regions from Sax Arts and Crafts,
Nasco, and the Department of Public Instruction. The student designers
of the state YAM flag, the artwork used on the program cover and the
conference artwork will be honored with certificates and art materials.
formal award ceremony will feature a musical performance from the
Northland Pines Intermediate Band, directed by Brandon Bautz of the
Northland Pines School District, Eagle River. Speakers will include
Marcia G Thompson, the Wisconsin Art Educator of the year for 2008, and
Dr. Lynn Jermal from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. The
closing award ceremony on March 20th will be attended by dignitaries,
art teachers, their students, parents and grandparents from all corners
of the state.
Youth Art Month in Wisconsin is
sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Education Association. Awards at the
exhibit are supported by W.T. Graham, NASCO, Sax Arts and Crafts, and
the Department of Public Instruction.
Wisconsin Alliance for Artists and Craftspeople, E.J. Gunther, Jack
Richeson & Co, Inc., and the Greater Madison Convention and Visitor
Bureau are donors for the exhibit and ceremony.