Youth Art Month is a nationally celebrated event. Festivities take place traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. The Best in show prize in each category is $2500 each year. First place winners from each grade also have the opportunity to compete at the State Youth Art Month competition where more cash awards are possible. Kiwanis partners with the Quinlan Visual Arts Center each year in order to showcase the visual arts component of the competition in a professional gallery setting. The Quinlan donates the gallery space each spring exclusively for the display of youth art entries from grades K-12.