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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 sensitivity to beauty, order and other expressive qualities, and also gives students a deeper understanding of multi-cultural values and beliefs; 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 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 proclaim March 2022 as YOUTH ART MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.