Reflections for the
National PTA Reflections is America’s oldest and largest
arts education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by
Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore
their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Arts Program
has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create
original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized
for bringing the theme to life through Film Production, Dance Choreography,
Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.
The 2016-17 Reflections for the Arts program theme is What Is Your Story? Tell your story through dance, a short film,
a poem or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art. Pick up a PTA
Reflections Entry Form today from the front office, and return by Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Entry forms can be printed from this link as well.
What is PTA Reflections for the Arts?
welcomes students of all grades and all abilities to explore their inner
artist. Students may explore one or all six arts disciplines, including: Dance
Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and
Visual Arts. Read more about Reflections for the Arts at the SC PTA website.
When do students complete their Reflections entry?
can reflect on the annual theme in school or at home and are recognized for
their participation and achievement in the arts.
Are there awards?
student is recognized for their accomplishments with the opportunity for state
and national awards and recognition and through a recognition program that
takes place at the Clemson Arts Center each Spring.
Who are the judges?
writers, videographers and creatives from all across the Upstate are invited to
conduct blind judging of Reflections entries. Awards are given for first,
second, third and honorable mention. These
entries then advance on to the next level of judging, which includes district,
state, and finally national levels.
Why should my student participate?
The love of art and celebration
of students can bring people together – families, teachers, and friends in the
Should I help my child with his or her Reflections entry?
should represent students’ unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage
students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of
the theme or artistic expression.
Are there academic benefits to art in education?
academic standards require more critical thinking and problem solving, which
translates into more creativity and deeper reflection. That’s why Reflections
isn’t just for arts classes.
How can I help?
can support their children’s participation by creating time and space for
students to work on their entries, providing encouragement and needed materials
and volunteering to support the Reflections program. Email Reflections
chairperson Heidi Coryell Williams at email@example.com for more information or to volunteer your time and talents to this
- Sarah Grace
Partridge: Third place, visual arts, state level primary category, 2015
- · Sarah Bradley
Wells: Second place, video production, state level primary category 2015; First
place video production, state level intermediate category, 2016, advanced to nationals