Park West Gallery inspires young artists with National PTA sponsorship

National PTA

National PTA Secretay and Treasurer Wayne Bauman and the Park West Foundation present Mackenzie Smith with the award for “Outstanding Interpretation in Visual Arts” (photo courtesy of the Arizona PTA)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 26, 2016 – The Park West Foundation, founded by Park West Gallery CEO and Founder Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, is working with National PTA and its Reflections® arts in education program to inspire young artists around the country with a $20,000 sponsorship.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students in all grades to explore and be involved in the arts in an educational way, including in the mediums of visual arts, photography, literature, film production, dance choreography and music composition.

The program is kicked off every September during National Arts in Education Week and then celebrated in the summer as part of National PTA’s annual convention.

During the fall, a theme search contest for students is held. The 2016-2017 program theme is “What is Your Story?” The winner of the contest for the following school year is recognized at the convention.

“The Park West Foundation is proud to work with National PTA as a platform to extend our commitment to support art awareness and to foster a love of the arts for students in schools across our nation,” says Diane Pandolfi, Director of the foundation.  “We look forward to celebrating the innovative accomplishments of emerging artists who participate in this greatly admired student recognition program.”

Park West representatives were pleased to participate in the Awards and Reflections Celebration held July 2 in Orlando, Florida, and help recognize Mackenzie Smith, the winner of the visual arts category for the 2015-16 school year.

Park West Gallery is excited about its involvement in this educational endeavor and the opportunity to support students in their journey in the arts.


About the Park West Foundation and Park West Gallery

The Park West Foundation supports art education as well as providing resources to foster care youth. Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art collectors via land and sea auctions by creating educational and welcoming environments that ignite a passion for arts and an incomparable collecting experience.

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.


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