The creative works of AAPS student artists are showcased in downtown Ann Arbor

Youth Art Month is an annual event in March designed to emphasize the value of art education

Every March, downtown Ann Arbor becomes an outdoor gallery featuring some of the amazing student artwork created by AAPS students.

“The community is always excited for this special event,” says Eberwhite Elementary art teacher Sarah George. “Walking by and admiring the beautiful art in the storefront windows puts so many smiles on people’s faces and brings a lot of joy, happiness, and inspiration into our daily lives.” 

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual event in March, designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth. Since 1965, downtown Ann Arbor businesses have partnered with the art teachers of the Ann Arbor Public Schools to coordinate the display of thousands of works of art made by Ann Arbor Public School students. This provides an opportunity to connect our community with our youth’s creativity, to illustrate the importance of visual art, self-expression, and art education for all children, and to encourage public support for quality school art programs, George noted.

As part of the celebration of the city’s bicentennial, a special pop-up art installation of 200 yardsticks decorated by students is at the intersection of Main and Liberty.

“Be sure to go for a walk downtown with your families this month to enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful art and creative hard work our students have done,” says George.

Student artwork will be on display through April 8.

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