Last month, I had the tremendous honor of joining National PTA in their celebration of student achievement in the arts at the Reflections exhibit opening in Washington, D.C. (see the video). PTA’s Reflections program is the largest student arts competition in the country – and even though I’ve witnessed the amazing work of Reflections winners in the past, their creativity, confidence and talent never ceases to amaze me. If you’re in the DC area this month, check it out for yourself – the photography and visual arts winners of the 2008-2009 Reflections program are on display at the Department of Education through February 19th. You can also find an exclusive gallery of artwork from last year’s competition at Parenting.com/pta, along more information on how your children can be a part of the Reflections program.
Parenting is proud to be the national media sponsor of Reflections, so we’ll continue to showcase student artwork online and in our magazines, while giving you the resources that you need to encourage your children’s involvement in the arts. For info on how you can fight to protect arts education in your school, check out our Mom Congress report, “Why Art Makes Kids Smarter” from the November issue of Parenting School Years, and visit Parenting.com/momcongress for education news updates.