“Reflections” recognizes student artworks

Jana Mazzella - Award of Excellence

Artworks from students across the country are currently being shown at the Department of Education.  The exhibit features over 70 works by students from 38 states in preschool through grade 12 in all of the art forms.  The exhibit shows works from winners of the National PTA’s Reflection Competition. 

“We’re proud to host so many outstanding pieces of artwork that demonstrate these students’ creativity, dedication and passion,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Art can inspire those who admire it as much as those who create it and these reflections of what diversity means to these young artists are shining examples of the importance of arts as part of a well-rounded curriculum.”

The Reflection Program is one of the largest student arts recognition program in the country.  Since inception over 40 years ago, the program encourages students to explore their artistic talents.  The program demonstrates PTA’s belief that all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression.   The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. 

“As we see continued cuts in funding for the arts in education, it is important that we remind schools and families how the arts help children develop valuable skills that are essential to learning, resiliency and social and emotional development,” said Betsy Landers, National PTA President. “That’s why parents and teachers need to continue to encourage children to explore the arts.”

When asked what skills were developed through participation of the Reflections program, participant Polly Moser from Burleigh Manor Middle School PTA, Maryland replied, “Reflections has made me think more, made me branch out into other areas of talents that I really haven’t considered before. Music, as I have said before was definitely something I take pride in, but composing was a different matter. With the abounding support from my family, friends, and teachers, I finally made the decision to enter in the composition section of the contest. Reflections has also taught me persistence and patience. Throughout composing ‘The Flow of Water’, I constantly felt discouraged and impatient to finish. However, I learned that composing, like everything else in the world, had a gradual process, and that I must persevere despite everything to succeed.”

This year’s theme for the Reflection Program was “Diversity means…”  The award winning artworks will be on display at the Department of Education until February 24.  The artwork can also be viewed online at http://bit.ly/10mdadu. Video pieces can be seen at http://bit.ly/XqoZtP.

Artwork Featured: Jana Mazzella – Award of Excellence, “Handful of Peace and Diversity”, Paul E. Kirdahy at Captree Elementary PTA, West Islip, NY. PTA Reflections 2011-2012.

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