Give students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts!
Enroll your school in the 2018-2019 national arts awards program starting July 1.
Each year hundreds of thousands of students in preschool through grade 12 create and submit original works in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may participate in the national awards program through their school’s PTA.
The 2018-2019 theme “Heroes Around Me” will spark imagination and creativity in school and at home. Encourage your school to imagine, create and celebrate with Reflections during National Arts & Humanities Month this October.
Enroll Your PTA
Enroll for Your Free Digital Kit!
The 2018-2019 National PTA Reflections Toolkit will provide you with info, tools and resources you need to take your program to the next level. It includes a call for entries poster, 50th anniversary logo and themed images, as well as planning tools, judging resources, celebration ideas and more!
Call for Entries!
Students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are encouraged to participate in the 2018-2019 National PTA Reflections Awards!
It’s easy to participate:
1. Reflect on this year’s theme: Heroes Around Me.
2. Create an original work inspired by the theme.
3. Celebrate your achievements and win prizes!
The 2018-2019 program theme is “Heroes Around Me.” Encourage students to think about and explore the theme. Teachers can use the theme with classroom lessons while parents can use the theme to spark conversation at home.
Students can participate in the annual Theme Search Contest according to State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. One winning theme will be selected in 2019 and used as the Reflections program theme during the 2020-2021 school year.
Title and Artist Statement
Judges will consider your title and artist statement to learn more about your original work and creative interpretation of the theme. Give your work a title that stands out and describe how your work relates to your own personal interpretation of the theme.
Use these guiding questions to help you write an artist statement:
- How does your work relate to the theme?
- What is your personal connection to the theme?
- What did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)
- What/who was your inspiration?
Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill.
- Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement.
- Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
- Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.
Scholarships and Prizes
National level awards include the following:
- Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.
- Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.
- Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit.
2019 National Winners
The 2018-2019 national winners will be announced May 1, 2019. Honorees will be celebrated at the at the National PTA Convention, June 2019.
2018 National Winners
The 2017-2018 national winners are invited to attend an art exhibition opening in their honor on January 22, 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. The 11th annual Student Arts Showcase will feature the National PTA Reflections’ exhibition: Within Reach.
National Arts in Education Week
Encourage Local PTAs to enroll and have fun announcing this year’s theme. Share how Reflections sparks interest in the arts with #ArtsEdWeek.
National Arts and Humanities Month
Encourage Local PTAs to host opportunities for all students to participate in Reflections. Share how Reflections supports learning fun in school and at home with #ShowYourArt.
For district deadlines contact local PTA/PTSA leadership.
National Deadline for Theme Search Submissions
Each state may submit up to five themes to the annual Theme Search Contest.
Entries are due to KY PTA
Jan. 22, 2019
National PTA Reflections Student Arts Showcase
2017-18 national winners are invited to attend the annual exhibition opening at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.
Feb. 1, 2019
PTA Enrollment Closes
Mar. 1, 2019
National Deadline for Reflections Submissions
Submit up to 30 entries to the national level using the Student Entry Portal.
For details, please refer to your state leader’s guide.
May. 1, 2019
National Awards Announced
2018-2019 Program Materials
2016-2017 Reflections “What is Your Story?”
Creative Interpretation Winners
Dance Choreography: Alexandria Kinard
Film Production: Julianne de la Liana
Literature: Isabella Huntley
Music Composition: Tara Rakesh
Photography: Hannah Locklear
Visual Arts: Ella Wright
Kentucky Theme Search Winners
“If you open your eyes…” , Atticus Haden
“Kindness can be…”, Zoey Haden
“Better Together”, Ryan Shinkle
“Make Every Day Count “, Damien Keith
“The Greatest Journey”, Stephen Pineda
National Reflections Winners
Award of Excellence – Visual Arts – Uriel Trujillo
Award of Merit – Visual Arts – Alexander Stumbur
Award of Merit – Visual Arts – Tara Rakesh
Award of Merit – Photography – Zachary Catalano
Award of Excellence – Photography – Hannah Locklear
Award of Merit – Dance Choreography – Evelyn Margaret Hruby
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. Students may not use trademarked images. i.e. Marvel and DC comics.
- The Reflections Program helps parents recognize, support, and enhance the continuous self-discovery process of their children.