Youth Art Month

For more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) have collaborated to bring National Youth Art Month to Maine. This annual observance emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for quality school art programs through a month-long exhibition of artwork by K-12 students throughout the state. The exhibition runs from March 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019 on the Lower Ground Floor of the PMA. Admission to the exhibition is free for the public.

Youth Art Month is supported by the Peggy L. Osher Education Endowment at the Portland Museum of Art

More information on the Youth Art Month Celebration Reception, Saturday, March 2 coming soon!

Information for MAEA Teachers

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Youth Art Month. Please carefully review all information as it has changed from past years.
• To submit student work, you must be a current member of MAEA. To check your membership status, email membership chair Holly Houston before completing the online registration.
• You may submit one artwork per teacher per school. Artwork created by multiple students or work with multiple teachers is not allowed. 
• Artwork will be inspected at drop-off and will only be accepted if proper protocol is followed.
• Click here for the Permission Form and Liability Waiver for Student Artwork 2019
Click here for a checklist on new artwork and online registration requirements.
• Registration is open from 9 a.m. Monday, January 14, through noon Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Registration for the 2019 Youth Art Month is now CLOSED


Preparing for Artwork Drop-Off and Pick-Up:

  • Artwork Drop-Off at Portland Museum of Art
    Drop-off location is the back entrance of the Portland Museum of Art at 99 Spring Street. It is a brown door next to a garage bay door. There is a sign above that says "99 Spring Street." Please note that the museum cannot store artwork packaging or wrapping material. Upon drop-off, you must take packaging with you and bring back during the art pick-up.
    Drop-Off Dates:
    Wednesday, February 6, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m

    Friday, February 8, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Saturday, February 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Artwork Pick-Up at Portland Museum of Art
    Wednesday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Artwork Pick-Up at MAEA Spring Conference
    Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6

The PMA is not responsible for artwork left at the museum after Thursday, April 4. If you need to make special arrangements, contact Meghan Quigley at
Questions: Please contact the MAEA Youth Art Month chair: Elise Pelletier.