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Youth Arts Festival


The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is the culmination of a nine-month search for the finest artistic talent in Michigan high schools. More than 250,000 students across the state participate in the selection process that results in 1,000 being invited to participate in the annual three-day arts spectacular.

At the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, exceptional student artists participate in advanced master classes, workshops, live performances, and exhibits that are tailored to their individual artistic discipline. Not only is it an experience to enrich their own artistic craft, but also an opportunity to celebrate their fellow peers. From the concert recitals, to the visual art exhibit, to the film festival and theatrical performances, The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is a memorable event that students will fondly remember throughout their artistic careers.

Who It’s For

High School Student art work is only eligible for the MYAF after being entered into Regional Art Shows and must be selected from the MAEA state level adjudication.

When it is

Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on May 12-14, 2016.

Forms / Guidelines

These are the forms used when entering Regional Shows with student art. All teachers will fill out the K-12 Form for Regional Shows – One for each piece entered. It is highly suggested that you download and read the K-12 State Show Checklist so that you will be able to prepare and present your student pieces properly. Artwork that is judged into future shows will need to be free from worry during hanging and transport. You will also need a copy of the K-12 Teacher inventory form for yourself and your liaison.

Contact Info

Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on May 12-14, 2016.

MYAF Co-Chairs

Youth Art Month


Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. It is observed in March, with thousands of American schools participating, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations. Michigan Art Education Association holds a week long show culminating in a reception and workshop for Middle School and Elementary students whose artworks have been juried into the show. All students are invited to participate in workshops and receive awards during this event.


This year's show was held at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. The reception was held on April 23, 2016 and students were treated to workshops and an awards ceremony for their creative efforts. We are currently seeking a location for next year's show.

Contact Info
Middle School
Michelle Reile
Michael Orlando
Ashley LaVoy
Denise Barrett


Current Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award for 2016:

Sharon Stratton
MAEA Art Educator of the Year
Secondary Art Educator of the Year
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Michelle Reile
Elementary Level Art Educator of the Year
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Nicole Dekraker
Distinguished Service Aware
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Robert W. Curtis
Emeritus Art Educator Awardee
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Carrie Jeruzal
Middle Level Art Educator of the Year
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Maggie Livengood
MAEA Memorial Scholarship Awardee
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Hedy Blatt
Distinguished Service Award
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