Let your creativity shine! All PCR students are invited to explore their creativity and submit original artwork for the 2020-2021 Reflections arts recognition program. This year’s program theme is “I Matter Because..”. The Reflections program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program that is open to students of all grades and abilities.
The Reflections program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:
• Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
• Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
• Experience the joy and fun of making art
• Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
• Receive positive recognition for their original works of art
Your child can submit in any or all of the following categories (please refer to the official rules for descriptions of each category):
Dance Choreography Film Production
Literature Music Composition
Photography Visual Arts
To allow student artworks to be recognized and judged with the appropriate developmental age and skill levels in mind, the Reflections Program is organized by school grade, offering five divisions, of which four are open to PCR students:
- Primary – Preschool-Grade 2
- Intermediate – Grades 3-5
- Middle School – Grades 6-8
- Special Artist – All grades. Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. The Special Artist Division welcomes all grades and all abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Please refer to the official rules for Special Artist Division entry requirements.
Student submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
- Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
- Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.
All entries are due in the labeled box in the PCR front office by Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. sharp. Please ensure that each entry includes its own student entry form (required).
Rules and Entry Forms
All PCR students who participate by submitting an entry will receive a special treat in October after the submission window closes. In addition, students who place 1st or 2nd at PCR in their categories will receive certificates of achievement. The 1st place winners will also receive gift cards. Winners will be announced in early November.
State and National Awards
Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by the National PTA. The program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the school, council, district, state and national PTA levels. To take part, student entries are first recognized, judged and celebrated by their school. Selected entries are then chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level (council, region, state). Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select entries to submit to the National PTA. Student artwork submitted to California State PTA by a district PTA will be considered for an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit.
***Deadline for Reflections Program entries is October 16, 2021***
- Friday, August 14
- Monday, August 17
- Tuesday, August 18
- Wednesday, August 19