National PTA Reflections Art Program
2016-2017 Theme: “What Is Your Story?”
2017-2018 Theme: “Within Reach”
2018-2019 Theme: ??? – National PTA is looking for the theme for 2018-2019 program. Students can submit their theme ideas online or on paper: http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/theme-search/
Reflections is the annual PTA Art Contest.
Explore the Arts! Participate in PTA Reflections!
Reflect on the theme. Create an original work. Be recognized.
Download the Reflections Student Entry Form here.
All entries must be received by Friday, November 4th, 2016, in the Parent Center. Please contact Gigi at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
REFLECTIONS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ARTS!
PTA’s national Reflections Art Program has brought 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
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:
- 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 Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.
To allow student artworks to be recognized and judged with the appropriate developmental age and skill levels in mind, the Reflections Program is organized by school grade, offering 5 divisions:
- Primary – Preschool-Grade 2
- Intermediate – Grades 3-5
- Middle/Junior – Grades 6-8
- Senior – Grades 9-12
- Special Artist – Non-Graded
State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:
- The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA convention
- Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and $100 Savings Bond presented on stage at convention
- An expense paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention
National-level Award of Excellence honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artworks are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit.
View the 2015 Award of Excellence Recipients!
MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
We Need Themes!
The art can’t start without an annual theme, and we need your help: Children and youth can submit a national theme to serve as the inspiration for Reflections artists and their original works. Students submitting the winning theme receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention. The 2016 – 2017 theme is “What Is Your Story?”
To submit a student’s suggestions for a Reflections Program theme, complete the entry form and send it to California State PTA by November 1.
For the Student Theme Search Entry Form and to learn more, click here.