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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Youth Art Month

WHEREAS, art education develops students’ creative potential and improves problem-solving and critical thinking skills by reinforcing and bringing to life what students learn in other subjects; and

WHEREAS, art education teaches appreciation of beauty, order, and other expressive qualities, and gives students a deeper understanding of aesthetic objects and visual expression in historic and stylistic context; and

WHEREAS, art education advances student mastery in art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics; and

WHEREAS, our national leaders have acknowledged the necessity of including arts experiences in all students’ education; and

WHEREAS, the National Art Education Association, in conjunction with the Virginia Art Education Association, strives to improve the well-being of our communities by upgrading visual awareness of the historic and cultural strengths of Virginia and the United States, as a whole; and 

WHEREAS, the residents of Virginia have joined the National Art Education Association and the Virginia Art Education Association in supporting the youth of our community in their intellectual development through artistic endeavors and offering support to our committed art teachers; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize March 2023, as YOUTH ART MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.