Works reflect America

“Detroit's Homeless” by Isabella Fischer.

     (PNAN-VA) –  At the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., “Together we can…” is an arts exhibit featuring award-winning artwork from 26 students nationwide selected from the 2010-2011 Reflections Program on view through March 7, 2012. This special showing celebrates National PTA’s Reflections Program and its long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for children to receive recognition for their artistic ingenuity.

     Now in its ninth year, the exhibit features visual art created by students in U.S. and international schools. The program provides students and teachers an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a notable public space that honors their work as an effective path for education and learning for all.

     “We commend the U.S. Department of Education for recognizing students’ artistic achievements at a national level. As we see more schools continue to cut funding for the arts, it is important that we remind schools and families how the arts help children develop valuable learning tools that are essential to their education. That’s why National PTA’s Reflections Program continues to encourage children to tap into their imaginations by creatively expressing themselves through the arts,” said Betsy Landers, National PTA President.


“Heal the World” by Justin Jed Zumel.

    The following exhibiting are: “Together We Can Create Peace Through Music” by Hansub Kim, Visual Arts, Wonderland Avenue PTA, Los Angeles, California; “Heal the World” by Justin Jed Zumel, Visual Arts, West Brook High School PTA, Beaumont, Texas; “Untitled” by Kaitlyn Larkin, Photography, Novato High School PTSA, Novato, California; “Out for a Spin” by Avery Dahl, Photography, Kent Gardens Elementary School PTA, Falls Church, Virginia; “Spirits Soar” by Allie Stift, Photography, North Salem PTA, Salem, New Hampshire; “Together We Can Have Peace” by Ewan Ross, Visual Arts, West Lake Elementary PTA, Apex, North Carolina; “Together We Can Make it to the Top” by Jarod Hennessy, Photography, Winona Senior High PTSA, Winona, Minnesota; “Together We Can Climb to New Heights” by Austin Carlston, Photography, Dennison Elementary PTA, Morrison, Colorado; “Together We Can Feed the World” by Quinn Howard, Photography, Safety Harbor Elementary School PTA, Clearwater, Florida; “Generation Builder” by Kari-Ann Lee, Photography, Lake Mary High School PTSA, Lake Mary, Florida; “Many Hands, One World” by Jessica Hubbard, Photography, Lutz Elementary PTA, Lutz, Florida; “Untitled” by Anli Chen, Visual Arts, Southwest Middle School PTSA, Orlando, Florida; “Untitled” by Natalie Tindall, Photography, Jane Macon Middle School PTSA, Brunswick, Georgia; “Together we can build a better world” by Brian Koh,

“Out for a Spin” by Avery Dahl.

Visual Arts, SKA Academy PTSA, Duluth, Georgia; “The Huddle” by Kaitlyn Jackman, Photography, Monticello Trails Middle School PTA, Shawnee, Kansas; “Getting Up the Mountain” by Jacob Ranzau, Photography, West Elementary PTA, Wichita, Kansas; “Together We Can Do Anything” by Caroline Manning, Visual Arts, Caddo Middle Magnet PTSA, Shreveport, Louisiana; “Together We Can Reach a Higher Education” by Bridgette Wheeler, Visual Arts, Urbana Elementary School PTA, Fredrick, Maryland; “Together, we can fly like the release of a helium balloon” by Helen Gao, Visual Arts, Hopkinton PTA, Hopkinton, Massachusetts; “Together We Can Make Tomorrow A Better Place” by Zoe Hughes, Visual Arts, Hubert Humphrey Elementary PTSA, Albuquerque, New Mexico; “Together We Can Recycle and Save the Earth” by Esther Ahn, Visual Arts, Robbins Lane PTA, Syosset, New York; “Together We Can Stop Bullying” by Elizabeth Chan, Photography, Holly Springs Elementary PTA, Holly Springs, North Carolina; “A New World” by Eun Hye (Grace) Kim, Visual Arts, Mint Hill Middle PTSA, Matthews, North Carolina; “The Earth Help” by Patrick Park, Visual Arts, Las Colinas Elementary PTA, Irving, Texas; “Together we can build a better world” by Ivy Ni, Visual Arts, Langley High School PTSA, Great Falls, Virginia; and “Detroit’s Homeless” by Isabella Fischer, Photography, Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary PTA, Dearborn, Michigan.

     For more information, call Nicole Carinci at 202.453.5585 or E: To view more works:

“Together We Can Create Peace Through Music” by Hansub Kim.



In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections Program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. PTA believes that all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which include art forms such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage).

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