Timeline


Reflections Arts Program

Reflections Timeline

1969



60s

  • Program founded by Mary Lou Anderson
  • View Mary Lou Anderson's cultural arts essay
  • “Without the Arts, education is paltry indeed!” - Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections Founder from Colorado
  • Originally included Literature, Visual Arts and Music Composition categories
  • First Reflections theme in 1969: Children and Youth, Mirror their World

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1970s



70s

  • 1970-1971 theme: Reflections: Children and Youth Look to Tomorrow

1978


National Scholarship Winners

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1980s



80s

1984

  • Mary Lou Anderson starts giving scholarships to National winners
  • Traveling Exhibit introduced, sponsored by Allied Van Lines

1986

  • Photography category introduced

1987


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1990s



90s

1994

1995

  • Kindergartners invited to participate
  • “It warms my heart to see a child excel in something like this [Reflections Program], especially when they don't always succeed in their regular school work.” – Anna from Louisiana

1998

  • “When you’re recognized for your artistic ability as a child, it gives you more confidence to pursue it as an adult.” – April Maddox, 1998 Reflections participant from Virginia


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2000s



00s

  • 2000-2001 theme: It Would be Really Strange If…

2001

  • “When I participated in the Reflections program, it fed creativity. It made me feel like the arts were an integral part of what we did at school. It reinforced both my identity as a creative person and my value as a creative person. The Reflections program opened the door to pursue music as I got older.” – Anabel Martinez-Pauline, Reflections participant from California

2005

  • Film Production and Dance Choreography categories introduced

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2010s



10s

  • 2010-2011 theme: Together We Can…

2012

  • Special Artist Division added to provide accommodations for students with disabilities
  • "I never imagined the terrific, positive affect this contest would have on our family. I am writing this because I want you to know that this program truly makes an impact in others’ lives. I know it did for us. It came at a time when it was so important for not only my son, but our whole family to have something happy to talk about. It turned a difficult topic into something positive that he could share with others. Best of all, he learned that not only could he share his feelings about something difficult, but he could be rewarded for it!" – Joy Blackburn, mother of a Jack Williams, Special Artist winner from Colorado

2016

2017

2018

2019

  • Check out the 2019-2020 Heroes Around Me Reflections data report!
  • Reflections turns 50!

Reflections 50th Anniversary

 

Reflections 50th at Convention

 

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2020s



20s

  • 2020-2021 theme: I Matter Because…
  • “I believe the arts in school is so important especially for those who are creatives. With so much push for STEM in school (which is great for the minds who naturally gravitate that way) we can’t forget about the kids whose brains see things from a different perspective” – Carnelian PTA in California
  • Mary Lou Anderson inducted in the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

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