A Great Learning Experience
When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance, and other art forms, they grow intellectually and socially. They learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings, and ideas; learn to look at things, people, and experiences in a fresh and exciting way and become more interested in the ideas and works of others.
The PTA 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.
Students must adhere to the General Student Participation Rules as well as the rules for their specific arts area. Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
Students may enter the Reflections Program (see student entry form) in the appropriate division for their grade. The divisions are as follows:
- Primary: preschool-grade 2
- Intermediate: grades 3-5
- Middle: grades 6-8
- Senior: grades 9-12
Students may submit works in any of six arts areas:
- Dance choreography
- Film production
- Musical composition
- Visual arts
Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student's work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student's individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself, the dance choreography or film production (including screenplay, camerawork, and directing) or musical composition (including written score and any lyrics), etc. must be the creative product of one student only. (See the specific arts area rules for details.) Use of copyrighted material (other than recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries) is prohibited. Plagiarism is defined as taking and using another person's ideas, writings, or inventions as one's own. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified and returned to the students.
Entries are judged at the local level and the top entries are forwarded to the next level of judging (council, district/region, or state). All national entries are judged on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme. Mastery of the medium in the context of the national Reflections Program pertains to the level of skill the student demonstrates in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area. However, a well-developed concept is more important than technique. Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.
The Reflections Program makes no restriction on content or subject in artwork. Students who are submitting entries need to meet school and/or local and state PTA standards.
Each PTA determines its own judges for the program. Under no condition may parents or students contact the judges to dispute the status of an entry. All decisions of judges are final.
Review the complete General Student Participation Rules here (see rules packet)
Students must adhere to the General Student Participation Rules as well as the rules for their specific arts area.
Southern Boone Awards:
All participants will be recognized at an awards assembly at their school with a certificate and ribbon, as well as at our Annual Reflections Art Show (time and place TBA). The top three scorers in each grade division, in each category will move on to State Competition. The top three scorers in each category district-wide will also earn a cash prize.
A Word to Parents:
As with any student activity, parent involvement and support are very important. But parents must remember that student artists need to be responsible for their own work. Children must make their own decisions about what to create and what to enter in the Reflections Program. By producing their own literature, musical compositions, photographs, films, dance routines, and visual artwork, children learn about the arts and, more importantly, they learn about themselves. Students should simply do their best; crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone.
PTA's Reflections Program helps parents encourage the creativity and continuous self-discovery process of their children. Supporting the Reflections Program is one way you can support the arts in your home, school, and community.
Enter the Theme Search Contest:
The search is on for a future National PTA Reflections theme! One exceptional theme will be chosen on to inspire creativity for the 2019-2020 PTA Reflections program theme. The winner will receive $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention. Theme Search judges look for a focused and clear theme promoting PTA values that is appropriate for all grades and applicable to all arts categories. Past themes are not considered.SUBMISSIONS DUE NOV. 17SBC PTA Reflections:
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