The PMA proudly hosts the Youth Art Month exhibition


Graeme Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Seven Congress Square
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 699-4887

February 27, 2017

Portland, Maine (February 27, 2017)— The Portland Museum of Art is proud to welcome the annual Youth Art Month exhibition—which features more than 90 works of art by K-12 students from across the state of Maine—back to its galleries for the 23rd year. The exhibition will be on view from March 1 through April 2, 2017.

This year’s iteration of the annual exhibition immediately follows the successful completion of the PMA’s multiyear Your Museum, Reimagined project, which was unveiled to the public on Friday, February 3, with a Grand Reopening enjoyed by more than 2700 visitors in just four hours. Youth Art Month dovetails perfectly with the goals of Your Museum, Reimagined to bring a wide, diverse array of community voices into the museum and add to the stories the PMA can tell.

The Youth Art Month exhibition also gives families from all over the state of Maine an opportunity to travel to the PMA and explore the museum-wide gallery reinstallation as part of Your Museum, Reimagined. The new PMA is more welcome to all-ages audiences than ever before, with kid-friendly installations such as Modern Menagerie, multimedia stations throughout the galleries, interactive spaces such as The Workshop and The Study, and a new Family-level membership that encourages art exploration as part of childhood development and the family experience.

Youth Art Month emphasizes Maine’s educational institutions and how they help mold the next generations of the state’s artists. The PMA and the Maine Art Education Association have collaborated on this exhibition for more than 20 years. While Youth Art Month provides significant encouragement to students and well-deserved recognition for educators, the exhibition is for more than just the participating students and their families and teachers—it is for the entire community to discover the emerging voices of Maine’s youth and to recognize the immense value of arts education in our schools.

All participating students will receive certificates of recognition at an exhibition reception, which is on Saturday, March 11, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event caps off a PMA Family Day called “Making Together,” which goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes art-making activities, gallery games, and more. Artists featured in the Youth Art Month and their families get into the PMA for free on March 11. Children ages 14 and under always get into the PMA for free.


National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Art education provides students with important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to fostering self-esteem, self-discipline, and an appreciation for the work of others. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980.

Image: Grace Connelly, Silvia Rivera, Grade 11, Deering High School. 
Teacher: Audrey Rolfe

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PMA Information

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.

Summer Hours (beginning May 30): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter Hours (through May 29): Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $15 for students  Everyone age 21 and under is free, through the generosity of Susie Konkel. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.

Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit For more information on Your Museum, Reimagined, the PMA’s multiyear project focused on improved access to the museum’s collection, visit


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