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Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Enhance PTA arts projects in your school community!

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA. 

The 2016 application period is now closed.

Award notifications will be sent via email on May 11.

Past Funded Projects

Robert A. Millikan High School PTSA in Long Beach, CA, expanded learning with AP Studio Art curriculum, deepened learning with Long Beach Museum of Art instruction and expanded professional exhibit and portfolio building opportunities that better prepared all students for college and career opportunities. 

Netzaberg Middle School PTSA a U.S. DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity School) in Germany., provided an after school Reflections Art Club led by teaching artists. Each of the six artistic disciplines represented in the National PTA Reflections Arts Program were offered at various times throughout the course of the year so that students had the chance to experiment with different media in an environment where a teaching team of adult mentors could increase the self-esteem of students who may lack this kind of adult interest and encouragement in their lives. 

Mary McArthur A+ Elementary School PTA in Fayetteville, NC, hosted a series of Family Arts Nights in partnership with local arts organizations and businesses. Mary McArthur is a Cumberland County School District’s only self-contained deaf/hearing impaired elementary school and also serves many ESL students. Family-centered arts activities, hosted by professional artists, allowed parents to learn about the A+ modelin which school instruction is taught. Parents took home hands-on learning techniques for supporting their child’s learning at home.  

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