FAQ

What is Reflections?

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.

Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:

o Unleash their creative talents and be inspired

o Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork

o Experience the joy and fun of making art

o Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme

o Receive positive recognition for their original works of art

As an added bonus, showcasing and celebrating student talent, the Reflections Program increases community awareness of the importance of the arts in education.

Who can Participate?

All students attending a school with PTA in good-standing are eligible to participate.

How are submissions judged?

Volunteer arts and education experts review submissions without knowledge of the entrants’ identity. Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. The judges use the following three criteria for evaluating the art work:

o Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. 20 points

o Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 10 points

o Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area. 10 points

Visit the art gallery for examples of national award-winning works.

What recognition will the participants get?

Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by National PTA.

o Student Reflections' entries at a school are first recognized, judged and celebrated by the local PTA unit.

o Some selected unit entries are then chosen to represent the PTA at the council and district PTA levels.

o Winning entries at the council/district levels are then advanced to the state level for judging.

Following are recognitions that students get at state and national level:

I. California State PTA Reflections Awards

Each year, 30 students are recognized with a California State PTA Award of Excellence for their artwork and receive:

o Opportunity to showcase and perform their artwork at the California State PTA convention

o Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and $100 Savings Bond presented on stage at convention

o Expense paid trip for award-winning student and 1 parent/guardian to California State PTA convention

These Award of Excellence entries, in turn, represent California State PTA at the National level of the Reflections Program.

Student recipients of the National PTA Award of Excellence and Award of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA convention and their artwork is featured as part of the program's traveling, national exhibit.

II. National Awards and Prizes

Each year, over 1,000 student submissions are reviewed at the national level by arts and education experts. The judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. The following are a list of awards granted at the National PTA level:

Outstanding Interpretation Awards: 1 per arts category and special artist division

o An expense-paid trip for student honoree and one adult to the National PTA Convention.

o $800 Young Artist Scholarship

o Gold Reflections Medallion

o Outstanding Interpretation Award Certificate

o Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

o $200 Outstanding Local PTA Award

Awards of Excellence: 3 per division of each arts category and 1 special artist of each arts area.

o 200 Young Artist Scholarship

o Silver medallion and certificate

o Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

Awards of Merit: 5 per grade division of each arts category

o Silver medallion and certificate

o Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

All remaining national-round participants receive a certificate of honorable mention.