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The Youth Arts Celebration is an annual, week-long event that brings attention to young artists and musicians across Indiana County. The Celebration consists of a week-long Youth Arts display at the Indiana Mall, and The Indiana County Competition for Young Musicians.

Goals of YAC 2015:

  • To provide community exposure for the work in studio art, music, drama, film and literary arts by students in grades K-12.
  • To engage young people in new learning opportunities which will increase their interest in the arts and in their schools & education.
  • To create partnerships between the schools and the Indiana Arts Council, including teachers and administrators.
  • To enhance the awareness of the benefits of art education for young people.
  • To develop and enhance appreciation of the arts in the community.

Planned Activities

  • Exhibitions of music, drama and dance by students grades K-12
  • Week long exhibit of studio arts including painting, ceramics and sculpture
  • Interactive activities by the IUP Chapter of National Art Education Association

On Line Registration

ON LINE REGSITRATION will begin approximately March 13th.  Stay tuned for updates.

YAC Policies and Procedures



Teachers should select artwork that best represents the program and the school. Artwork may have been completed at any time during the current school year (2014-15). No student should be represented more than twice in the school exhibit.

It is recommended that the artwork be mounted or matted, but not framed, for best presentation. Display tags will be prepared by the Arts Council for teachers to mount next to each work.

To insure the best exhibit of your students work we ask that you personally display the items. We will provide T-pins for mounting the work on the display panels. If you need tables for 3D items, indicate this on the registration form.

Schedule for Submissions

Fri, March 13 Registration available on line: http://www.indianartscouncil.org

Fri, April 17 DEADLINE for Registration.

Mon, April 27 SET UP- Artwork will be checked in at the Indiana Mall in the Center Court area on Monday April 27th between 3 and 7 pm. 4 x 8 foot display panels and T pins will be provided. Volunteers will be there to guide you.

Tues, April 28 Public Exhibit of Art Work Opens. Judges review work and award prizes.

Sun, May 3 TAKE DOWN Exhibit closes at 3 pm. Art MUST be picked up between 3 pm and 4 pm on Sunday. If you are unable to pick up art at this time, please make arrangements in advance with IAC staff.


Permission to photograph and reproduce any work accepted in the exhibit for publicity purposes is considered granted unless otherwise stated in writing.


  • 2-3 jurists will evaluate student artwork and assign prizes sometime during the first four days of the show. The jurists for 2014 will be announced in April.
  • Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and Best of Show will be awarded for students in the Senior

High cohort of 10th through 12th grade. Checks for these students will be delivered to the registered teacher at the school for distribution the week following the event.

  • Grades K thru 9 will be grouped in the following ranges: {K, 1,2,3} {4,5,6} {7,8,9} and in the

following categories: !st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Honorable Mentions.

  • Ribbons for prize winning artwork will be hung next to the work by Saturday May 2nd.
  • ALL students participating in the exhibit will receive Certificates of Participation. These will be ready and available for teachers to pick up at the Mall during the installation of the exhibit.