For 50 years, since 1969, the National PTA Reflections arts program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents.  PTA Reflections is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in photography, literature, visual arts, music, dance, film and special artist categories. During the month of March, which also happens to be Youth Art Month, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is honored to have the walls of Galleria Valéncia adorned with Minnesota winners of the 2019 MN PTA Reflections arts program.

 This year’s theme was “Heroes Around Us” and the artwork displayed is from students in grades K-12.  Out of hundreds of entries from throughout the state, 37 winners were selected. Eight winning entries from Winona include Winona Middle School students Adele Jacobsen (Outstanding Interpretation in Visual Arts), Clay Cottrel and Lacey Kimmerle (Awards of Merit in Visual Arts), W-K Elementary students Cael Hoarn (Outstanding Interpretation in Photography), Annie Colon (Award of Merit in Literature), Lindsey Langowski, and Kali Thompson (Awards of Merit in Visual Arts), and North Star Unit student Seamus Schwaba (Outstanding Interpretation in Literature).  Outstanding Interpretation entries have advanced to National PTA in Alexandria, Virginia for national level judging which is currently underway. The Minnesota PTA Reflections arts program is chaired by Lori Ortega, Winona.

This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public throughout the month of March during office hours and while classes are in session. MCA is located inside the Valencia Arts Center at 1164 W. Howard Street at the corner of Vila in Winona. For more information about the National PTA Reflections program and Minnesota PTA visit: www.mnpta.org . Learn more about Galleria Valencia.