Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 11, 2019)—In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, National PTA is kicking off its 2019-2020 Reflections® student art awards program. Through the program, students of all ages are encouraged to create original works of arts in the areas of special artist, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts reflecting on the theme “Look Within.” Submissions will be reviewed by visual, literary and performing arts experts, and students will be recognized for their talents and creativity in bringing the theme to life.
“National PTA is thrilled to celebrate National Arts in Education Week with the launch of our 2019-2020 Reflections program, which provides all students the opportunity to participate in the arts,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Involvement in the arts is critical to help students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond, as it builds a student’s confidence, teamwork and sense of accomplishment. It also helps with academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement.”
Since 2010, the second week of September has been designated by the U.S. House of Representatives as National Arts in Education Week to spotlight the importance of arts education for all students. During the week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the arts in education.
Since 1969, National PTA’s Reflections program has inspired and engaged millions of students to explore their talents and express their ideas by creating works of art for fun and recognition.
“For over 50 years, the Reflections program has helped millions of students explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas; develop artistic literacy and find a love for learning that helps them succeed in school and in life,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA has long believed that all children deserve the opportunity to take part in the arts, because of the positive impact it has on student success. It remains a top priority of our association to ensure all children have access to arts programs and classes.”
Find ways to participate in National Arts in Education Week at AmericansForTheArts.org and follow the hashtag #BecauseOfArtsEd. You can register for the Reflections program at PTA.org/Reflections and follow #PTAReflections for more information.
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 family engagement 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. For more information, visit PTA.org.