March is set aside for National Youth Art Month, which is aimed at promoting and supporting school art programs, art shows, fundraisers and school community activities in the United States.
In 1961, the Crayon Water Color & Craft Institution, Inc., along with the National Art Education Association
, established Children's Art Month to emphasize the value children get from participating in art.
The name was changed to National Youth Art Month in 1969 to include secondary school students and is now administered by the Council for Art Education
Thousands of schools in the United States participate in National Youth Art Month, often in cooperation with local museums and civic organizations, which recognize that participating in art sharpens problem solving, creativity, observation and communication skills in children.
The Council for Art Education promotes Youth Art Month at the national level for the Flag and Banner Program, the primary event for the month. Under the program, each state, using national or state themes, coordinates a contest where children design a flag around the theme. The winning design is made into a flag that is displayed in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association's annual convention.