Arts in Education

What is Reflections?

Reflections is a program established by the National PTA over 50 years ago to support students’ participation in Fine Arts in schools.  Through participation in the Arts, students gain self-confidence, find ways to express their feelings and ideas, explore fundamental questions of humanity, develop creative thinking skills that support problem-solving, and derive satisfaction and pride from completing a creation of their own making.  In the PTA Reflections Program, students submit entries in any of six art categories that reflect on the current annual theme.  These entries are judged along side other entries from their school and recognitions are awarded.  While technique and execution are recognized, more emphasis is placed on interpretation of the annual theme.  Entries can advance to Council, State and even National level judging events.  

screenshot of "The Rescue" film by Fiona B

2019 Reflections National Advancer from GCISD

The film entitled “The Rescue” was submitted by Fiona B, from Glenhope Elementary, and received an Overall Award of Excellence at State, advancing to Nationals in 2020.

Click here to view Fiona’s film.

Emily R., of OC Taylor Elementary, and Zilshan L., of Grapevine Elementary receive medals for their Texas State PTA Reflections Entries in 2019-2020.

2020-2021 Reflections

Previous Years’ Results

“Look Within”

Click to see results from GCISD
Click to open gallery of entries from GCISD
Enjoy a slideshow of entries from GCISD:


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