Annual Fall Conference

Michigan Youth Arts Festival High School

Michigan Youth Arts Month Elem/Middle

Professional Development

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Fall Conference
October 25-28, 2018
"Art for Everyone!"

2018 MAEA Conference Preview

2018 MAEA Fall Conference located at The Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel - October 25-28.

Your Co-Chair Friends,

Donna Emerson, Michelle Reile and Cindy Semark


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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

Festival dates are May 10, 11 and 12, 2018 at Western Michigan University.  The show will be held at the Richmond Gallery.  The Top 100 Exhibit will be on display from Monday, April 23 through Saturday, May 12.  

Forms / Guidelines

These are the forms used when entering Regional Shows with student art. All teachers will fill out the “K-12 Entry Form for Regional Shows”—one form for each piece entered. Please read the “MAEA MYAF HS Exhibition Guidelines” so that your pieces will be prepared and presented correctly; artwork judged into future shows needs to meet exhibition guidelines. Lastly, you will need a copy of the State Art Exhibit Inventory Form for your liaison and for your own reference.

Contact Info

Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on May 10-12, 2017.

MYAF Co-Chairs

Sarah Nott and Laura Todd

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 will be held at Western Michigan University.  The Gallery Reception and Student Workshop check-in is on June 17, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00.  At this time the students can enjoy cookies and punch, and tour the galleries.  The Student Workshop will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 in the classrooms at South Kohrman Hall.  


2017 MAEA Statewide Middle and Elementary Art Show

When: June 10-17

Where: Western Michigan University, South Kohrman Hall

Students with artwork featured in this year's show will receive invitations to hands-on workshops taking place on June 17 at WMU.  Contact a division chair with questions.

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
Middle School
Michelle Reile
Michael Orlando
Tamara Draper
Ashley LaVoy
Denise Barrett

Professional Development