The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in the program. The program's longevity and participation figures attest to its strength. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for children, parents, schools and communities is unmatched.
Participation in the Reflections Program is a great way for students to explore and learn about various art forms. Creating art is a valuable learning process that challenges students to use their critical thinking skills as well as their creative talents to create art that supports a specific theme.
Students may submit an entry in any of the arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. Depending on state and local PTA guidelines, students may enter more than one work of art. Click on any of the arts listed below to learn more.
• Musical composition
• Visual Arts
• Film/Video Production
• Dance Choreography
• Special Artist Division
Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by school grade. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grad division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The four grade divisions are as follows:
• Primary – Preschool – Grade 2 or up to age 7
• Intermediate – Grades 3-5 or ages 8-10
• Middle/Junior – Grades 6-8 or ages 11-13
• Senior – Grades 9-12 or ages 14+
The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local unit, council, PTA district, state and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local unit level, where selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level depending on each state PTA structure. Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select entries to submit to the National PTA. Award of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA convention and are displayed as part of the program's traveling exhibit.
• All entries submitted must be original works and must relate to the annual Reflections Program theme.
• Each entry must be the work of only one student. Assistance from teachers, parents or friends is not permitted except in special cases (such as for those with visual or physical disabilities)
• Participation encourages creativity and exploration. Students should do their best, but crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone.
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Rules of Participation, Summary for Participants and ENTRY FORM are located here. Contact Nick Smetak for more information. DEADLINE for entries is October 18, 2017. Entries can be submitted to Mrs. Iantorno (in the art room) or in the Reflections folder in the main office.