Millikin, Illinois PTA partner to host 'A Children's Celebration of
Art and Community' on May 3
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[April 12, 2014]
Illinois PTA and Millikin University have partnered to host a new
event entitled "Spotlight: A Children's Celebration of Art and
Community." The Spotlight event will celebrate children from across
the state of Illinois, including artists in the PTA Reflections
program, scholarship winners and students who serve their
communities. The event will be on May 3, from noon to 4:30 p.m., in
Kirkland Fine Arts Center, on the campus of Millikin University.
This free event is open to all children in Illinois from
pre-kindergarten through high school. The event will feature
workshops for children and adults, and an art gallery of
approximately 500 Reflections pieces, alongside the work of Millikin
During the Spotlight event, Illinois PTA and
Millikin University will offer an assortment of workshops for
everyone in the family. The workshops will be divided into several
categories: literature, performance arts, music, visual arts and
Many workshops will be developed and instructed by Millikin
University arts education students from the College of Fine Arts.
Other workshops will be conducted by Millikin faculty, Illinois PTA
directors and event partners. Each participant at this year's
Spotlight event will choose one workshop to attend. All workshops
will be 45 minutes to one hour in length and will be offered from
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event.
"We (Illinois PTA) are so excited to be able to host an event
focused on the children of our state," said Peg Staehlin, Illinois
PTA president. "Students across our state have worked hard to create
one-of-a-kind artwork that reflects the theme of the PTA Reflections
program, 'Believe, Dream, Inspire.' Our partnership with Millikin's
College of Fine Arts has provided Illinois PTA a beautiful location
in which to celebrate our children, their accomplishments and to
support the arts in education."
Any adult wishing to attend a workshop with their child is
welcome as an observer. Children age 7 and under must be accompanied
by an adult in their workshop session. Adults should be prepared to
assist their child as necessary in the workshop.
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Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a mini campus
tour of Millikin University, led by Millikin admissions counselors.
"On behalf of Millikin University and the College of Fine Arts, I
wish to express profound thanks to Illinois PTA for nurturing the
arts in education and for including Millikin University in their
efforts to recognize and promote the value of art in the lives of
children," said Laura Ledford, dean of Millikin University's College
of Fine Arts. "We are honored to host this event and to join
Illinois PTA in believing in, dreaming about and finding inspiration
through the next generation of artists."
The Spotlight event will culminate with a ceremony recognizing
Reflections pieces advancing to National PTA, Reflections students
receiving Honorable Mention awards from Illinois PTA, the Student
Service Leader Award recipient and Illinois PTA Scholarship winners.
For more information, or to register to attend this new event,
www.illinoispta.org/spotlight.html or contact Illinois PTA via
For more information on Millikin University, visit
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