Long Beach Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro Honored for Youth Art Month Initiatives

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The Council for Art Education and the National Art Education Association has announced that Long Beach Public Schools Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro will be presented with the national Award of Excellence for involvement in Youth Art Month. A co-chairperson for New York State Youth Art Month since 2007, she has been instrumental in the organization’s receipt of a total of nine awards. 

Youth Art Month is a nationwide annual observance of school arts programs during the month of March. The Long Beach Public Schools celebrates with participation in the All County Art Show as well as a districtwide art exhibit at the Magnolia Center. Ms. Lang-Shapiro coordinates the Youth Art Month flag design competition, of which Long Beach High School graduate Max Tunney was deemed statewide winner in 2015-16.

New York State Youth Art Month has previously received two Awards of Excellence as well as Awards of Merit and Best New Program/New Promotion awards. The 2017-18 awards will be presented at the National Art Education Association conference in Boston in March of 2019, when Ms. Lang-Shapiro and her co-chairpersons Donnalyn Shuster and Heather McCutcheon will accept the honor on behalf of the program.