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 2023-2024 program year is “I Am Hopeful 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 (click on the category for instructions):
- Dance Choreography (Spanish)
- Film Production (Spanish)
- Literature (Spanish)
- Music Composition (Spanish)
- Photography (Spanish)
- Visual Arts (Spanish)
- Special Artist (Spanish)
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.
State-level Honorable Mentions honorees receive:
Prizes include: Honorable Mention 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 any local PTA/PTSA or the Sunshine State PTA and submit an entry. A selection of entries will then be advanced to the nearest County Council for judging.
For Reflections Chairs:
County Council due dates are listed below. All county finalists must be submitted to the State Office by January 12, 2024. We will update this as they come in, as well as the celebration dates for each county.
The statewide Reflections celebration will be on May 4, 2024.
|County Council||Turn-in Date||Celebration Date|
|Broward||December 1, 2023|
|Duval||November 28, 2023|
|Escambia||November 17, 2023|
|Hillsborough||November 17, 2023|
|Miami-Dade||November 16, 2023|
|Orange||December 1, 2023|
|Palm Beach||December 22, 2023|
|Pasco||November 30, 2023|
|Pinellas||December 5, 2023|
|Seminole||November 28, 2023|
|Sunshine State PTA||TBD|
|Volusia||November 28, 2023|