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National PTA and U.S. Department of Education to Recognize Student Artists From Across the Country

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Heidi May Wilson, Media Relations Manager

Event to feature performances and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open exhibit of student artwork

 Robert L. Lynch of Americans for the Arts to discuss the importance of advancing arts education


On Tuesday, Jan. 13, National PTA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the LBJ Education Building to recognize student artists from across the country and celebrate the opening of an exhibit of their artwork. The event will feature music and dance performances by honorees of the 2013-2014 National PTA Reflections program. Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, will keynote the event and discuss the significance of the arts and the importance of advancing arts education. Attendees also will hear from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and National PTA President Otha Thornton.

The National PTA Reflections program was developed to encourage students of all ages to explore the arts in an educational way. Through the program, National PTA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division to provide all students the opportunity to participate in the program. Submissions are reviewed by experts in visual, literary and performing arts, and students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. For more than 45 years, the National PTA Reflections program has inspired millions of students to explore their talents and be involved in the arts by creating works for fun and recognition.

All of the artwork that will be on display in the LBJ Education Building was created by participants in the 2013-2014 National PTA Reflections program, themed “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”  The artwork will be on display for public viewing through the end of February 2015. Visit National PTA’s Reflections webpage for more information about the program.


 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 13


U.S. Department of Education
LBJ Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202


  • Robert L. Lynch, Americans for the Arts President and CEO
  • Otha Thornton, National PTA President
  • Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Dawn Small, National PTA Reflections Committee Chair
  • 2013-2014 National PTA Reflections Student Honorees

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.