Local 7th grader progresses in national art competition

Mya Jackson participates in the National PTA Reflections art competition. (Courtesy of Christy Herrera)

With only one full month left in the school year, now is the critical time.

New Mexico students continue to make strides as Mya Jackson, a seventh-grade student at Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education, qualified for the National PTA Reflections art competition.

Mia’s painting titled “Un Cuerpo de Madera” showcases the interconnectedness between humans and the natural world.

“I missed my friend from Mexico and that’s why I wanted to include her in my painting,” Mya said. “I was also inspired by trees.”

Each year, more than 300,000 school-aged students develop original works of art in response to a subject chosen by the students. This tradition has been going on for more than 50 years and helps students explore their own thoughts and ideas as well as develop their artistic culture.

For this school year, the theme of the Reflections was “I will change the world by…”

“Un Cuerpo de Madera” by Mya Jackson. (Courtesy of Christy Herrera)

“We couldn’t be more proud of Mya’s artistic expression of the Reflections theme,” Sandoval Academy director and principal Jackie Rodriguez said in a press release. “We are a proud bilingual English-Spanish charter school and the fact that Mya submitted her play in Spanish speaks volumes about the inclusive atmosphere and educational environment at SABE.”

Mya embodies everything within her community.

“My mom inspires me to do my art because I entered art competitions in Mexico and it was always the teachers’ kids who won, Mya said. “But my mom told me to keep trying, to keep going and to chase your dreams.”

Mya includes American and Mexican influences in her work.

“In Mexico the art is a lot more colorful because they use a lot of bright colors and here I noticed the colors are a bit more muted,” Mya said. “I really prefer working in these bright colors, so I prefer working in Mexico.”

For Mya, art is a way to give free rein to her creativity.

“I really love art because I can express myself through it,” Mya said. “Sometimes when I don’t have the words to say what I want, I can use art to get my point across.”

Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education PTA President Lisa Dionne, Mya Jackson and SABE Senior Director Jackie Rodriguez. (Courtesy of Christy Herrera)

Mya hopes to one day have a career in her art and her creations.

“I would like to be an animation designer like the people who work on Pixar movies,” Mya said. “I also like anime like ‘Demon Slayer’ and ‘Inuyasha’ because they’re a bit realistic but not too much.

“I would give them the same advice my mother gave me which is to know that there are a lot of opportunities in this world and to not give up and keep pursuing what you are passionate about.”

The winners of Reflections will be announced at the PTA’s 125th Anniversary National Convention, June 14-19 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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