October 5, 2016

Elementary art teacher recognized with Council of Art Education’s highest honor

Sparta Art Teacher Tiffany BeltzWisconsin Youth Art Month Program in MadisonA Sparta Area School District art teacher has received the highest honor from the Council of Art Education for her work as the chairperson of the Wisconsin Youth Art Month program. Tiffany Beltz received the Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award for her contributions to the 2015-16 program. Beltz, a teacher at Maplewood and Southside Elementary schools, chaired the annual program from 2014-2016. She is currently President-Elect of the Wisconsin Art Education Association.

“Wisconsin’s Youth Art Month celebration, held annually in the capitol rotunda, is an outstanding event and a model for other state celebrations. Ms. Beltz’s leadership, hard work, and organizational skills make her a very deserving recipient,” said John Hendricks, Sparta Area School District Superintendent.

“Ms. Beltz does an outstanding job of organizing and promoting Youth Art Month in Wisconsin. This provides opportunities not only for Sparta’s young artists, but also young artists from across the state to be recognized for their creative talents,” said Pat Olbert, Principal at Maplewood Elementary School. “This is a well-deserved honor for all the time and energy she puts into this event each year.”

To be eligible for recognition, state chairpersons submitted documentation of their Youth Art Month Programs. Documentation was evaluated across a variety of key categories, based on predetermined criteria.

Awards will be presented to the recipients at the 2017 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, March 2-4 in New York.

Sponsored nationally by The Council for Art Education, Youth Art Month is an annual observance, typically in March, designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging the imagination, innovation, and creative skills that a visual arts experience can nurture. Across the country, students, teachers and communities direct attention to the value of a visual arts education that develops divergent and critical thinking, multicultural awareness, and technical, communication, and expressive skills.

To find out more about Youth Art Month or to participate in Youth Art Month activities, contact your state chairperson, state art education association, or The Council for Art Education at www.councilforarteducation.org.

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association created in 1984 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI). ACMI seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program, and is a major sponsor of CFAE.