Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cumberland & Salem Counties YAM

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Cumberland and Salem County Youth Art Month exhibits chaired by Janice Chassier and held at the Millville Public Library during the Millville “First Night” festivities on Feb. 15th. This show was fabulous because it displayed student art to members of the community. All of the community, which included teachers, students, families, and townspeople, responded to, contemplated, and understood the world through the creative and artistic expression of children.
One of the goals of art education is to teach students to communicate ideas and feeling though the creation of works of art. Displaying students’ artwork provides an opportunity to respond to and think critically about works of art made by students of various ages, from different cultures and places within their state. Students engage in the assessing the work peers and relate to their own artwork with a new perspective. Students think about how their peers have created art that deals with different issues such as race, ethics, justice and ecology as well as understanding various cultures within their community. Students who create art have conceptualized and categorized their life experiences and those who take the time to consider art are exercising a basic human inclination to wonder about, talk about and organize their experiences with the world through the medium of art.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney
Vice President, AENJ

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pre-YAM Dinner

On February 7th, twenty Youth Art Month chairs and co-chairs from all over New Jersey attended the Pre-YAM Dinner. The purpose of this dinner is to meet with each other and discuss successful strategies for making YAM in NJ a success. Plans are discussed and final details are put together for county shows and the state show in Trenton.

This year, the Pre-YAM dinner had a DESTINATION:LUAU theme to go along with our YAM Theme: DESTINATION: ART!

Enjoy the pics of this successful and motivating night!

Youth Art Month 2008

That time of year is here again... YOUTH ART MONTH 2008!

Please see where and when YAM is being celebrated in your county:

Exhibit: March 4th to March 31st
Noyes Museum

Lily Lake Road
Oceanville, NJ 08231
Reception: March 15th, 2:00 to 4:00PM

IKEA Paramus
Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ
Reception: March 20th, 6:00 to 8:00PM

Exhibit: March 10th-15th
Burlington County College, Pemberton Campus’ Student Center Lounge
Reception: March 15th, 11:30am to 12:30pm; Awards presented at 12:30pm

Exhibit: March 1- March 29
Cherry Hill Public Library Gallery
1100 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Reception: March 9, 2:00-3:30pm

Exhibit: Feb. 15- March 28
Millville Public Library- Gant Room
210 Buck Street
Millville, NJ
Reception: February 15, 6:00-8:00pm

Essex County Hall of RecordsMartin Luther King Blvd.Newark, NJ
Reception: May 6th, 12 noon

Exhibit Dates: March 3rd to March 13th
Friends School Mullica Hill
15 High Street, Mullica Hill, NJ
Reception: March 13th, 3:00 to 6:00pm

Exhibit Dates: March 2nd to March 13th
Hudson Mall
701 Route 440, Jersey City, NJ
Reception: March 13th, 4:00 to 6:00pm

Exhibit Dates: March 9th to March 15th
Hunterdon Medical Center
Route 31 South, Flemington, NJ
Reception: March 15th, 3:00 to 5:00pm

Exhibit: March 2- April 6
Mercer County Library, Hickory Corner Branch
Reception: April 6th at 1:30pm

Exhibit: March 9- March 14
Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge
Reception: March 10, 2008, 6:30-8:30pm

Middletown Arts Center
36 Church Street
Middletown, NJ
Reception: March 13th, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibit: March 1st – March 29th
Saint Clare’s Hospital-Dover Campus
Reception: March 29th, 1:00-3:00pm

Exhibit: Feb 29th to March 29th
Jackson Branch of Ocean County Library System
Reception: March 29th from 1-3pm

Exhibit: March 3rd to March 29th
Louis Bay Library, Hawthorne
Reception: March 26th from 6-8:30pm

Somerset Art Association, Bedminster, NJ
Part I: K-5 gradesMarch 9th to March 18th
Reception Sunday, March 9th from 2-3:30pm
Part II: 6-12 grades
March 22nd to April 6th
Reception April 6th from 2-3:30

Exhibit: March 1st - April 2nd
Sussex County Courthouse, Newton, NJ
Reception: Wednesday, April 2nd from 5:30 - 7 pm

Exhibit: February 27th - March 31st
Ikea, Elizabeth, NJ
Reception: February 27th at 6:30pm, Restaurant

Exhibit: May 2nd – June 30th
Oxford Municipal Building
Reception: TBA