Reflections is a cultural arts program that was established by National PTA in 1968. This arts program is open to any student through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing as of October 15th of each year. Students, grades P-12, may submit entries in six categories: literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography, and film production. Students may submit an entry in any (or all) category (categories). Reflections entries are judged at the local level, the district level, then at the state level. Kentucky PTA winning entries are sent to National PTA. Kentucky has had National winners for several years. Contact your local or district PTA/PTSA for deadlines.
The 2016-2017 Reflections Theme is: “What Is Your Story?”
2015-2016 Reflections “Let Your Imagination Fly”
Creative Interpretation Winners
Dance Choreography: Bailey Hoffmann
Film Production: Emma Murphree
Literature: Emma Cait Johnson
Photography: Madison Murphy
Visual Arts: Mackenzie Smith
Kentucky Theme Search Winners
“What Makes Us UNIQUE” , Matdlynn Duren
“What if everyone was the same?”, Matdlynn Duren
“I’m not afraid to…”, Mariah Lynch
“Our Generation Aspires to…”,Katelyn Mofield
“Create and Shine”, Hollyn Mofield-Boswell
National Reflections Winners
Mackenzie Smith, Outstanding Interpretation Award-Visual Arts View here
Joanna Cholewo, Award of Excellence-Visual Arts View here
Morgan Taylor Ray, Award of Excellence – Photography View here
Clay Devlin, Award of Merit-Photography View here
Alexandria Kinard, Award of Merit-Dance Choreography
Luke Dow Pearson, Award of Merit-Music Composition
Five Reasons To Run The Reflections Program
- Students who participate get an opportunity to explore the arts and culture, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills and recognize themselves as artists and become more interested in the ideas and works of others.
- The Reflections Program is run by parent volunteers; therefore providing another opportunity to involve parents in their children’s education.
- Participating in the Reflections Program gives students a chance to experiment in six art categories: literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts (including such forms as drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage), dance choreography, and film production.
- When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, and other art media they grow intellectually – they learn to analyze their thoughts and feelings.
- The Reflections Program helps parents recognize, support, and enhance the continuous self-discovery process of their children.
KY PTA 2016-2017 Reflections Dates:
National Arts in Education Week—September 11-17, 2016. Students, teachers, families and schools are encouraged to participate in the arts during the week. Click here.
December 18, 2016: Entries due to KY PTA – no late entries
March 2017: “Arts in the Schools Month,” “Youth Art Month” and “Music in Our Schools Month” and this is a great time to take a deeper look at advocacy for #ArtsEd.
April 2017: Entries due to National PTA – by State PTA
Reflections Quick Links:
Reflections Local Leaders Guide 2016-17
Reflections General Flier 2016-17
Reflections Themed Poster (Fillable PDF) 2016-17
General Rules 2016-17
Dance Division Rules 2016-17
Film Division Rules 2016-17
Literature Division Rules 2016-17
Music Division Rules 2016-17
Photography Division Rules 2016-17
Visual Arts Division Rules 2016-17
Reflections Student Entry Form 2016-17
Reflections Judging Score Card 2016-17
Information for Judges 2016-17
Speaker Request Letter
Sample Donation Request Letter
Sample Thank You Letter
Local participation report form 2016-17
Labeling_Packing entries to STATE 2016-17
Steps to Running a Reflections Program:
Step One: Register your PTA.
National PTA has moved to digital only submissions, but be sure to print out a copy of your registration to send with student work you advance to the district level competition. Click here to register your PTA for the 2016-2017 Reflections Art Contest.
Step Two: Get organized.
Set due dates for submissions and judging. Be sure to allow plenty of time for judging and organizing artwork. Set your deadline at least one month before entries are due to the next round.
Recruit and organize volunteers.
Step Four: Get to know the Rules.
These rules must be followed in order for entries to be eligible to advance to the national level competition. See above links to get the rules.
Check out other Arts-Related Opportunities from National PTA:
Mary Lou Anderson Grant. The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides matching dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs within their communities.
Click here for details.