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America’s Oldest and Largest Arts Education Program: Reflections

The oldest and largest arts education program of its kind in the United States is the Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) “Reflections” program.

The PTA believes that every child deserves a quality arts education, which is why it’s encouraged Pre-K through 12th grade students to bring themes to life through film productiondance choreographyliteraturemusic compositionphotography, and visual arts since 1969.

The PTA believes that participation in the arts:
· Levels the playing field for underserved students
· Develops the whole child
· Nurtures creativity and teamwork
· Connects families and schools to one another and to their communities

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students enter the Reflections program through their local PTAs. Entries are divided by grade level (Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and an all-grades category called “Special Artist”), and local winners go on to compete at the district/region and state levels. State winners are considered for National PTA Reflections awards, including:
· Outstanding Interpretation Awards
· Awards of Excellence
· Awards of Merit

The 2013-14 Reflections program theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Students can register for Reflections using this form on the Missouri PTA’s website. If your school’s PTA hasn’t yet registered to participate in the 2013-14 Reflections program, you can find the PTA Unit Participation Form here.

Interested in learning more? Visit the 2012-13 or 2011-2012 online Reflections galleries. You can also learn more on the National PTA’s website or on the Missouri PTA’s website.

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