Youth in Arts Program

The Arts Education Partnership’s AEP Youth in Arts Program recognizes and honors accomplished, talented students while shining a spotlight on supportive parents, dedicated teachers and thriving arts programs in the region of AEP National Forums. The Youth in Arts Program consists of the Young Artist Award, and student performing and learning experiences.

Young Artist Award Call for Entries, Now Closed

As a signature program of the AEP Youth in Arts Program of the AEP National Forums, the Young Artist Award was established to highlight, honor, and support creative and talented students and their dedicated teachers. This year, AEP invited interested students to submit an original work of visual art inspired by what they picture as the future of education in America.

A national review committee will select a finalist whose artwork will be featured as the cover of the program booklet for the AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts in Education coming to Pittsburgh on September 11-12, 2014, during National Arts in Education Week. The finalist also garners a monetary prize and takes the spotlight with his/her art teacher during a special award presentation at the Forum.

Thank you to all the students who submitted artwork for the 2014 Young Artist Award.


Cesar Alvarado
AEP 2012 Young Artist Award winner


Develop leadership skills and build self-confidence among young people. The Young Artist awardee serves as an ambassador representing his or her school and community before a national audience of arts and education professionals. AEP coaches the student in developing and delivering brief public remarks focused on his or her perspective on the arts’ role in education.

Celebrate and foster educational and artistic excellence in America’s public schools and communities. AEP presents the awardees’s art program with an official certificate of recognition for excellence in arts education as demonstrated by the Young Artist and a donation for art supplies.

Recognize the “network of support”–parents, educators and schools–that contribute to student success. The awardee’s parents and teacher receive special recognition at the AEP Forum.

Akash Shah, AEP 2013 Young Artist Award winner with his teacher, Katherine Hess;
National Art Education Association Director Deborah Reeve; AEP Director Sandra Ruppert

About the Award Presentation

The Young Artist, his or her parents, and art teacher are invited to attend the National Forum where the student is presented with a professionally framed copy of his or her artwork and a monetary prize. The awardee is invited on stage for brief remarks and an interview. The awardee’s “network of support” is acknowledged from the main podium, and the teacher is presented with a donation in support of the student’s art program.

Questions? Contact Mary Addie, Program Assistant, at or 202.326.8690.

The 2014 AEP Youth in Arts Program is Supported by:

WQED Pittsburgh