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National PTA Reflections Awards

Each year, students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are invited to create and submit original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Based on State PTA rules and guidelines, these works of art may be submitted for state and national level awards and recognition opportunities.

 

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By… Reflections Winners

 

National PTA received over 900 student entries from 47 state PTA congresses in all the available arts categories. Of those submissions, we are thrilled to award over 200 student artists on the national level. Check out National PTA's press release announcement here

Congratulations to all of the 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By… National PTA Reflections winners and our 7 Outstanding Interpretation awardees!

Stay tuned to PTA.org/ReflectionsAwards as we continue to celebrate our 2021-2022 Reflections winners!

2021-2022 Reflections Winner List


2021-2022 Virtual Outstanding Interpretation Reflections Winner Celebration 

The 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By... Virtual Outstanding Interpretation Reflections Winners Celebration honors the top seven 2021-2022 Reflections winners and recognizes all of the national winners for their artistic achievements.







Share Your Celebrations!

Share your Reflections win with your community, friends and family on social media: post a "Winner graphic" or the video below on your favorite social media platform and tag your post with #PTAReflections.

Outstanding Interpretation Winner Announcement Video

Reflections Winner Social Media Graphics


Virtual Exhibit: 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By... Awardees


Check out our virtual exhibit from the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections program, I Will Change the World By....

Dance Choreography 

Dance Choreography Awardees

Film Production 

Film Production Awardees

Literature 

Literature Awardees

Music Composition 

Music Composition Awardees

Photography 

Photography Awardees

Visual Arts 

Visual Arts Awardees



National Level Reflections Awards

 

State PTAs are able, but not required, to submit 30 entries in total to the national level for review - one entry per arts category, per division. Of the national-level submissions, over 200 student Reflections participants will receive the following awards from National PTA:

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the virtual exhibition
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the virtual exhibition
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the virtual exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit

National PTA celebrates the national Reflections winners and their artwork starting May 1 through the following calendar year. We feature our Outstanding Interpretation winners during National PTA’s Convention in June and select featured artists at the Reflections Student Arts Showcase in January. 

Selection Criteria

 
Student entries submitted to the national level go through two rounds of review by esteemed arts professionals across the country. During the evaluation process, judges will consider the following criteria:

  1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
  2. Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
  3. Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Judges strongly consider the interpretation of the Reflections theme during the evaluation process. It is suggested that students give their submissions a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to the student’s personal interpretation of the theme. The following guiding questions can be useful when developing a title and artist statement: 

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
  • What/who was your inspiration?



Arts Categories and Divisions


Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

DanceFilmLiteratureMusicPhotographyVisual ArtsSpecial Education

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade:
Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2); Intermediate (Grades 3-5); Middle School (Grades 6-8); High School (Grades 9-12); and Special Artist (All grades welcome).

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.*



Previous National PTA Reflections Student Arts Celebrations

 

Check out the 2022 Virtual Reflections Student Arts Showcase which continues our celebration of the national winners from the 2020-2021 I Matter Because... Reflections program year. National PTA is also proud to provide the  2022 Virtual Reflections Student Arts Showcase in Spanish.


View this awards program from the 2021 National PTA Convention celebrating the Outstanding Interpretation Reflections winners for the 2020-2021 I Matter Because... Reflections program.



Annual Theme Search Contest

 

Students can participate in the Annual Theme Search Contest according to their State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. Through our annual search process, one winning student's theme will inspire the hundreds of thousands of student artists that participate in the Reflections program. The winning student will also receive a $100 award and national recognition. View the past 50+ years of winning themes.

2021-2022 Theme

The 2021-2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By... submitted by Lydia Keel from Spanish Fork Junior High School PTSA in Utah.

2022-2023 Theme

Thanks to Jason Yevin, from Salk/Macarthur PTSA in New York who submitted the 2022-2023 Reflections theme: Show Your Voice!

2023-2024 Theme

Congratulations to the most recent winner of the Annual Theme Search Contest: Alice Meko from Hampton Cove Elementary PTA in Alabama! Alice's submission, I Am Hopeful Because..., is the 2023-2024 Reflections theme.

We can’t wait to see how these student-created themes will inspire Reflections artwork in the years ahead!

The 2022-2023
Reflections theme is 
Show Your Voice! 

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Annual Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant   

 

Congratulations to the 2021 Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grantees:

  • Jayne Ann Miller Elementary PTA in Texas
  • Hazelwood PTA in Washington


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