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PTAs and Schools Celebrate Arts Education, Encourage Creativity During National Arts in Education Week

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Heidi May Wilson, Media Relations Manager

September 14-18 is National Arts in Education Week and kicks off the 2015-2016 National PTA Reflections program

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 14, 2015) — PTAs and schools nationwide will host a variety of events and activities Sept. 14-18 to celebrate arts education and encourage participation in arts programs and classes as part of National Arts in Education Week. The U.S. House of Representatives designated the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week in 2010 to spotlight the importance of arts education for all students. The week also kicks off the 2015-2016 National PTA Reflections arts in education program.  

“It is critical that the arts remain a core academic subject in our nation’s schools as research shows it is an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “PTA has long supported arts education, recognizing the impact it has on student success, in the classroom and beyond. We are pleased to celebrate National Arts in Education Week and launch the 2015-2016 National PTA Reflections program so all students have the opportunity to experience the arts.”

Throughout the week, PTAs and schools will host events and activities for students and families based on National PTA Reflections program categories and this school year’s theme: “Let Your Imagination Fly.”

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages to explore and be involved in 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 the annual theme. There also is a special artist division to provide all students the opportunity to participate in the program. Submissions are reviewed by visual, literary and performing art experts, and students are recognized for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life.

“The National PTA Reflections program has inspired millions of students to explore their talents and be involved in the arts for nearly 50 years,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “Participation in the arts builds students’ confidence, teamwork and sense of accomplishment. PTA remains committed to advancing arts education in our public schools.”

For more information about National Arts in Education Week and the 2015-2016 Reflections program, visit and

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