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Arts Education is more than drawing a picture or writing a song or creating the set for a scene in a play. Engaging in the arts has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries by strengthening critical-thinking, cognitive and creative skills.

Texas PTA supports arts education as a key element in education. Through the arts, students nurture important values including team-building skills, respecting alternative viewpoints, and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.



Started by National PTA in 1969, this arts education program has allowed millions of children to express their creativity through diverse formats. Students can currently participate in any of the six Reflections categories;
Cultural Arts PTAs are supporting the cultural arts by bringing visual and performing art opportunities to the campus that is outside of the standard art class curricula. This may include international dancers, musicians and performers that represent different genres and cultures, or visual and performing artists that utilize storytelling, puppetry, art and drama to create an experience that will expand a child's horizons, and view of the world.
Fine Arts Traditional Fine Arts programs offer classes to their students including music, band, orchestra or choir. PTAs have found they can support these existing programs by providing additional resources to expose students to other disciplines like ceramics and sculpture, painting and drawing, filmmaking or photography, and a range of theater and performing arts.
Advocacy Texas PTA advocates for education policies, primarily at the state level, that ensure all Texas students have opportunities to study music, art, theater, and dance. We partner with the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts in Education and its members to provide the public, as well as policy makers with information about the many ways that arts education benefits our students and our state.

Do you have great ideas to share or awesome projects that your PTA does each year? Visit our Texas PTA Swap Meet and tell us your story and share your photos! Comment on others' ideas and talk about your best practices! 


Video in partnership with ARTreach to encourage participation in the arts in Katy, Texas. This is an example of a local initiative that can be replicated in underserved communities across the state to promote arts education. Please contact Texas PTA AIE Chairman, Sheri Doss at if you like to serve on the state arts committee or nominate an arts leader in your community.