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Reflections – #ArtsEd Tools

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Celebrate. Advocate. Participate.


Join millions of PTAs across the country and in U.S schools overseas during National Arts in Education WeekSeptember 11-17, 2016, to celebrate student achievement, advocate for more arts and participate in creative activities.

To help you plan for the week, we've created the following toolkit with ideas and resources you can use to kick-off your PTA Reflections program and encourage creativity in your school-community. Here's how you can get involved:


  • Tell us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram how you plan to celebrate arts learning and kick-off #PTAReflections in your school-community.
  • Showcase students and their artwork. Visit National PTA's Reflections gallery for inspiration.
  • Post this web banner and press release announcing your PTA's involvement. (coming soon!)



  • Encourage creativity by starting a conversation with your child about the annual Reflections program theme.
  • Host daily arts activities welcoming all students to explore the Reflections arts categories and annual theme: Let Your Imagination Fly
    • Monday - Dance Choreography
    • Tuesday - Film Production
    • Wednesday - Literature
    • Thursday - Music Composition
    • Friday - Photography and Visual Arts
  • Enroll in the National PTA School of Excellence program to improve your school in the areas of arts and cultural exploration using PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

About National Arts in Education Week

In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, theatre, media arts, literature, design and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.


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