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The Recognition Ceremony for 2018-2019 SCPTSA Reflections participants is January 6 in the Seattle Center Armory.

Reflections is a National PTA arts competition that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents. PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. For more than 40 years, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson.

Reflections takes original student submissions, inspired by the year’s theme, in the area of visual art, photography, literature, music composition, film and dance choreography. There is also an optional “special artist” category for students who have a disability, qualifying under the ADA.

Reflections starts at the local level. Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to their local PTA or PTSA. Local PTSAs organize a contest at their schools and select which works to advance to the city level. Works are then further judged with opportunities for advancement to state and national levels. Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor a Reflections Program.

Resources: 

  • Reflections Handbook: This handbook can make the program feel really complicated — remember that it can be tailored to fit your schools resources and needs. Success for one school might be 50 participants, while another school might only have one or two.

  • State Reflections Webpage

  • National Reflections Webpage: Click the "Reflections Toolkit" link under the Reflections header for updated logos and poster resources, a link to register with National PTA and more. Click on "Awards and Events" to learn what national winners receive.