2018-19 Reflections: Heroes Around Me

National PTA is celebrating it’s 50th year of offering the Reflections program!

Reflections is a National PTA arts program that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents. This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me”

Reflections takes original student submissions inspired by the annual 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. Local PTA’s 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.

Step-by-Step guide to running your Reflections program.

  1. Enroll your PTA: (Click on “Enroll Your PTA”)
  2. Advertise the program in your PTA communications. National PTA has graphics you can use
  3. Find judges. This can be anyone from the community! Seattle Council is also looking for judges, so let us know if you know someone interested in judging at the Council level!
  4. Collect student artwork. Make an event out of it, or piggyback on existing school and PTA events to encourage entries.
  5. Recognize your artists. Seattle Council will accept 12 pieces or 20% of total student entries (whichever is greater) from each school PLUS 4 additional Special Artist entries. If less than 12 students participate, you can choose to recognize participants without ranking, judging, etc. There’s no mandate for how you choose to run your own program. You can offer ribbons, medals, or even just print certificates. (Seattle Council will be giving ribbons and certificates.) 
  6. Submit art to Seattle Council  More details to come on when and where to bring your school’s entries. 
  7. Finally: promote and attend the exhibit at the Armory! 
  8. Bonus: Volunteer to help Seattle Council with the exhibit. We’ll need help mounting all of the artwork, hosting the artists’ reception and taking all of the artwork down. Sign-ups will go out soon.
  9. Another Bonus: A good idea might be to host an after school Reflections workshop (early release Wednesday would be a good time!). Provide art supplies and perhaps a recording device or two for students who might want to make up a dance or sing a song. If you don’t have money in your budget for supplies, apply for a SCPTSA grant! Download an application today.

One last hint: we will all get the most entries for visual arts, with literature and photography about tied for second most entries. So visual arts entries will cost the most to make (with materials) and will have the largest competitive base. Encourage students to branch out! Make it fun! Only one student can be the creator, but that student can make a group dance piece, music quartet, etc! We only got a handful of film entries last year, and creating a film can cost next to nothing. The creativity in making a film is endless, and the editing software available on phones is better than anything we had when we were kids!


Refer to the sidebar to download rules for your category.

For help getting started at your school, contact Council Reflections Chair Lindsay Yost

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