Arts in Education

2020-2021 Theme:

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.  

Who can participate in Reflections?  Students, Preschool through 12th grade, enrolled in a school with a PTA, who have at least one PTA member in their household.  The PTA must have Active Status (registered with the State with members) as of October 31st of the year the student is participating.  

What if I am home-schooled, or my school doesn’t have a PTA?  Can I participate?  Yes.  Students may have a household member join the Lone Star Statewide PTA to be eligible.  Visit www.joinpta.org to join before October 31st.  

What kind of art work can be submitted?  There are six categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.  Dance, Film and Music entries should be submitted in digital formats, and Visual Arts can only be 2-D (no sculpture or relief).  Refer to the Official Participation Rules for the complete guidelines.  For the 2020-2021 school year, ALL entries may be submitted digitally for local and council level judging.

Where can I find the Official Participation Rules and Entry FormsContact your school’s PTA to get copies of the Official Participation Rules and Entry Form.  You can also find it at www.txpta.org/Reflections

Can I submit more than one entry?  Yes, as many entries and categories as you want.

Are there any fees to participate?  No, but membership in a local (your school) or statewide PTA is required, so membership dues should be paid directly to your school’s PTA on our before the deadline set by your school, or online with the statewide PTA by October 31st if your school doesn’t have a PTA.

When are entries due and where do I turn them in?  Due dates are set by your local PTA, so contact them for your due date and instructions for submitting your entries.  Generally that will be around the end of October or beginning of November.  Again, for the 2020-2021 school year, ALL entries may be submitted digitally for local judging.

I’m not a student but I would like to support the Reflections Program.  What can I do?  We always need community members to help with judging, and local businesses/individuals to provide support with donations of art supplies, access to equipment, or funds to support the program.  Additionally if you have a skill to share related to the arts, and are willing to host a workshop with students, we’d love to hear from you.  Contact your Council Reflections chair at reflections@gcisdcouncilofptas.org to indicate how you would like to help.