MONTANA AVE — Roosevelt students believe, dream and inspire.

That is the theme for this year’s Reflections art program, sponsored by the National Parent Teacher’s Association in conjunction with local schools across the country, which gives students in grades Pre-K through 12 the opportunity to explore their artistic talents and receive recognition for it.

Art works can be created by students at home or during lunchtime workshops, provided at local schools.

A student at Roosevelt Elementary School works on her art project earlier this month. (Photo courtesy Alisandra Rand)

A student at Roosevelt Elementary School works on her art project earlier this month. (Photo courtesy Alisandra Rand)

Developed by Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson in 1969, Reflections is the largest and oldest arts education program of its kind.  Each year students are asked to reflect upon a given theme and translate it into one or more original works of art from the following six categories: visual arts, photography, literature, musical composition, dance choreography and film production.

There are five age divisions: Primary (pre-school-Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). This year a category has been added for special artists of all grades whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 2013-14 theme, “Believe, Dream, Inspire” was submitted to the reflections theme search competition last fall by Julie Lampert of Waverly Park PTA in East Rockaway, N.Y.

“My Inspiration for the theme came from my experience in competitive sports. I hope that students across the country will strive to make their dreams become a reality,” she said.

There will be an opening night celebration hosted by co-chairs of the Roosevelt Reflections parent committee, Jeana Greulach and Jessica Nord on Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium at 801 Montana Ave. All pieces will continue to be on display through Nov. 1.

 

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