This committee organizes the student’s participation in the PTA sponsored Reflection Art program. The event is held in the fall with the judging and awards being presented in the winter.
Each year hundreds of students participate in the Reflections Program. When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance, and film, they grow intellectually and socially. The Reflections Program is designed to enhance a quality arts education by providing an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents and receive positive recognition for their efforts.
This Year’s Theme
We need your help to make Reflections successful this year for Howard County! In the past few years, we have had a record number of entrants locally and numerous winners at the State and National levels. This year’s theme is “I Matter Because.”The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme while increasing community awareness of the importance of the arts in education. Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. Depending on state and local PTA guidelines, students may enter more than one work of art.
The six arts areas are as follows.
Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by school grade. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artwork by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The five grade divisions are as follows:
Primary – Preschool – Grade 2 or up to age 7
Intermediate – Grades 3-5 or ages 8-10
Middle School – Grades 6-8 or ages 11-13
High School – Grades 9-12 or ages 14+
Special Artist – Ungraded
The Reflections Program is structured for PTA/PTSAs to recognize students at the local unit, council, district PTA, state and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local unit level, where selected works are chosen to go to the council level. Winners at the council level are then advanced to the State PTA. Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA selects entries to submit to the National PTA. Award of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA convention and are displayed as part of the program’s traveling exhibit.For additional details about Reflections, rules, guidelines, and entry forms, go to Maryland PTA Reflections Program.