Reflections

PTA’S REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM BRINGS ART TO LIFE ACROSS THE NATION

Five decades. Ten million students. And you!

REFLECTIONS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ARTS

“I Matter Because…”

That’s the theme for the 2020-21 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired

  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork

  • Experience the fun and joy of making art

  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme

  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Click here to see the winners of the 2019-2020 Reflections Art Program.

PARTICIPATION IS EASY, EXCITING AND EMPOWERING

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance Choreography

  • Literature

  • Photography

  • Film Production

  • Music Composition

  • Visual Arts.

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees receive:

  • Onstage recognition at the California State PTA Annual Convention

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery

  • Prizes including an Outstanding Interpretation plaque, award and certificate

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery

  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medallion, award and certificate

State-level Award of Merit honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery

  • Prizes including an Award of Merit medallion and certificate

National-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artwork, along with any National Award of Excellence and Merit winners, are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit. See the winners.

IMPORTANT REFLECTIONS DATES

Local entry submission due dates vary depending on where you live. Please reach out to your PTA unit, council and district to inquire about your local due dates.

  • Submit your Theme search entries – September 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020.

  • If you are a STUDENT – Contact your School Reflections chairman for your school submission date.

  • If you are a SCHOOL REFLECTIONS CHAIRMAN –

    • In a PTA Council school – Contact your PTA Council Reflections chairman for your PTA Council submission date.

    • In an Out-of-Council PTA school – Contact your PTA District Reflections chairman for your PTA District submission date.

  • If you are a PTA COUNCIL REFLECTIONS CHAIRMAN – Contact your PTA District Reflections chairman for your PTA District submission date.

  • If you are a PTA DISTRICT REFLECTIONS CHAIRMAN and ONLY if you are a PTA District chairman, your State PTA submission dates are:

    • January 12, 2021 — PTA district entry submission spreadsheet due to California State PTA by 5 p.m. Email to reflections@capta.org.

    • January 13, 2021 — PTA District Award of Excellence physical entries due to California State PTA from PTA Districts by 5 p.m. Mail to: California State PTA, Attn: Reflections, 2327 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.  Physical delivery of entries subject to change based on what level the California re-opening plan is in January.

FORMS AND RESOURCES

ANNUAL THEME SEARCH

Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works. The 2021-22 finalists sent to National PTA judging were:

California State PTA Finalists:

A SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS
Submitted by Shreya Srinivas, Irvington High School PTSA
Peralta District PTA

ACTS OF COMPASSION
Submitted by Caitlin Ortiz, Park Western/Harbor Magnet Elementary School
Tenth District PTA

BEST DAY EVER
Submitted by Michael Camacho, Truman Benedict PTA
Fourth District PTA

CULTURES OF THE WORLD
Submitted by Luca Rafeh, Wood Ranch PTA
Twelfth District PTA

DARE TO BE…
Submitted by Alexandra Page, California High PTA
Thirty-Second District PTA

GRANTS FOR THE ARTS AVAILABLE

Building on the decades-long arts legacy of past Colorado State PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, who established the Reflections Art Program, National PTA awards grants of up to $1,000 so local PTAs can take arts education to the next level — especially for at-risk kids. Find out how your PTA can qualify.

So let the Reflections Art Program — and the arts — be a part of your kids’ lives! For more information on participating, or to get Reflections and other arts programs started or funded at your school, contact your local PTA, and check out the resources on our Arts Education page.

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