The National PTA’s Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boosts student confidence and success in the arts and in life.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.
The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because… Students should submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.
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
- Film Production
- Music Composition
- Visual Arts
Artworks are submitted first to local unit PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by grade-level divisions. Local unit PTAs then send a selection of entries on to county councils for judging. The final artworks submitted to Florida PTA by county councils are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries are then forwarded to National PTA to represent Florida at the National level.
State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:
Prizes include a $50 Award check, Award of Excellence ribbon, medal, and certificate. Artwork will be showcased at the Florida PTA Leadership Convention Reflections Gallery.
State-level Award of Merit honorees receive:
Prizes include: Award of Merit ribbon and certificate. Artwork will be showcased at the Florida PTA Leadership Convention Reflections Gallery.
*If a student attends a school that does not sponsor the National PTA Reflections Program, they may join the Sunshine State PTA and submit an entry through the Sunshine State PTSA.
FORMS AND RESOURCES
Register your PTA in the 2020-2021 National PTA Reflections Program. Please note: you will not get a confirmation.
Student Entry Packet, including entry form and rules. Don’t forget to save a copy of the PDF to your computer before completing the form or your will lose your work. Portions must be completed by the local unit before being posted or distributed.
Form A Program Participation – Complete and submit when advancing entries to the County Council
Form B Award Recipients Log – Complete and submit when advancing entries to the County Council
Logos, graphics and posters can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s6aorfu8ugqwn4q/AACTCu4V7JlNNahJ5KLBQzLta?dl=0
IMPORTANT DATES & COUNTY COUNCIL CONTACTS
|County Council||Reflections Chair||Turn-in Date||Celebration Date|
|Miami-Dade||Perla Terzian||WLEPTAPRES@gmail.com||November 17, 2020|
|Sunshine State PTSA|
ANNUAL THEME SEARCH
The search is on for a future National PTA Reflections program theme!
Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works.
Only five Florida PTA finalists will be chosen to advance to the national round and one national winner will be selected in February 2021. The winner’s theme will be used the year after next (i.e., the theme is chosen two years in advance).
Check back soon for a new online entry form!