Chelmsford student work to be featured during Youth Art Month

Exhibits at Chelmsford Public Library, MAEA website will be displayed through March

CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts (March 1, 2024) – In celebration of March being Youth Art Month, numerous Chelmsford Public Schools students will have their artwork on display, both in person and virtually.

Started in 1961 and administered by the Council for Art Education, Youth Art Month exists to bring awareness to the fact that visual art education is a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society.

Chelmsford Public Library

Throughout the month of March, artwork created by students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be hanging in the lobby and meeting room at Chelmsford Public Library; there will also be three-dimensional work in the children’s room and display case.

An opening reception will be held in the McCarthy Meeting Room at the library from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

During this time, the public is invited to meet with students showing off their work, along with their families and teachers.

MAEA virtual exhibit

The Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) will once again be holding a virtual Youth Art Month exhibit filled with works created by students from across the Commonwealth.

While the ultimate goal is to have several regional shows throughout Massachusetts during March, Youth Art Month chairperson Amy Hussey said the statewide virtual show has been a great way to celebrate student artists.

“I love that it’s an opportunity for children to share their work with a wider audience,” she said. “It is such a big deal when your work is selected to be showcased. … And it’s important for kids to get feedback on their art.”

MAEA flag contest

In addition to the virtual exhibit, the MAEA also holds a Youth Art Month flag contest, for which students from across the state are asked to design a flag based on a given theme.

Chelmsford High School student Reese Boucher received an honorable mention in this year’s flag design contest.

For grades 9-12 in the entire state of Massachusetts, there was only one grand prize winner and two honorable mentions.

“This recognition is well deserved,” said CHS art teacher Allison Gover, applauding the great work Boucher is doing in Studio Art 2.

About Chelmsford Public Schools

The Chelmsford Public School District provides all students with multiple pathways to optimize their own potential for academic excellence, leadership, and social and emotional wellness. The mission of the Chelmsford Public Schools is to educate, engage, prepare, and empower well-rounded and knowledgeable learners to PERSEVERE through challenges, demonstrate RESPECT and INTEGRITY in their words and actions, are DEDICATED to their community, and display EMPATHY as global citizens while discovering and pursuing their full potential.  This PRIDE-driven culture enables all members of the school community to support the growth and development of students.  For more information, please visit