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Maryland PTA Arts in Education Committee

Reflections Program

Alexandria Briggs-Blake, Chair

We're extremely excited about the 2014-15 Reflections an Arts in Education Program and have recevied excellent submissions from talented writers, artists and performers from Maryland. The theme: The world would be a better place if...  has been interpeted in so many unique ways.

Submissions are currently being judged and the County Submission awards will be posted by March 9, 2015.

State Reflections Awards will be presented at our July 2014 State Convention. Check back for updates on registering for the convention and attending the President's dinner.

Questions?  Please contact the Reflections Chair, Alexandria Briggs-Blake at artsineducation2014@mdpta.orgThank you for supporting ARTS IN EDUCATION!



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Greetings State PTA Leaders,
PTA Start the Arts Week is back! The week of September 15-19 is the official Reflections kick-off celebration to promote the benefits of arts eduaction. We encourage student participation in the arts to cultivate PTA leaders and members and to raise awareness about the value the arts bring to a high quality, comprehensive education.  PTA Start the Arts Week will also promote whole-school participation in arts programs and activities—specifically, Reflections— and gain new units/members by parents taking interest in launching Reflections at their child's school.
During the school week, PTAs are encouraged to host daily activities aligned with Reflections arts categories and based on the 2014-2015 Reflections theme: "The World Would be a Better Place if..." Sample ideas are provided in the template PTA Start the Arts flyer.


  • Monday – Dance Choreography
  • Tuesday – Film Production
  • Wednesday – Literature
  • Thursday – Music Composition
  • Friday – Photography & Visual Arts


This week, consider emailing PTAs about how to Start the Arts with Reflections in your state. Also consider sharing the following ways PTAs can participate in PTA Start the Arts Week:  


  • Share activities and ideas with neighboring community leaders and in social media using #StartTheArts.
  • Distribute the new Reflections program flyer, Call for Entries flyer and Reflections poster to promote Reflections around the school and around the community.
  • Read National PTA's One Voice blogs about current issues and trends in arts education.
  • Join the PTA Twitter Chat on Monday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.  Follow #StartTheArts and tweet @NationalPTA.


Although PTA Start the Arts Week will end on Sept. 19, the Start The Arts campaign will continue throughout the year to keep momentum going and to celebrate student artists at all levels of the National PTA Reflections program. If you have any questions about PTA Start the Arts Week, email Thank you for your support of arts learning and the PTA Reflections program.
Artfully Yours,
National PTA Reflections Committee
About National Arts in Education Week
In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.
About PTA Reflections
Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. For more information about the program, visit
**Student Artwork by: Sarah Winters, Julia Scheuermann, Alexandra Hanesworth, Ezekiel Kulow, Siena Frankland, Anna Eafanti, Hannah Shoultz, Mackenzie Baldree, Heidi Kyler, Haley Young, Katelyn Smith, Gabriel Bowman, Bethany Barnes, Jadyn Sano, Marisa Lu, Elise Fischbeck, Hayden Goertz