The Reflections program is the National PTA’s cornerstone art program. It was founded in 1969 by Colorado PTA president Mary Lou Anderson. Since its founding, millions of students have participated in the program. The goal of the program is participation in and appreciation for the arts. It has been shown that art education can help students in many ways, including development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. According to a report by Americans for the Arts, “young people who regularly participate in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.” The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for children, parents, schools, and communities is unmatched and an important part of PTA’s vision to make every student's potential a reality.
The Reflections program provides students with an opportunity to express themselves creatively and receive positive recognition for original works of art, inspired by a theme. Although organized in a contest format, the goal of Reflections is to encourage participation. Students are celebrated for their participation at every level.
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 art areas are as follows.
Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by school grade. Student works are critiqued with others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The five grade divisions are as follows:
The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local unit, council, district, state, and national PTA levels. Entries are first judged at the local unit level, where selected works are chosen to represent the local PTA at the next level of the contest. District/Council PTAs decide how many entries they accept from their local PTAs.
The Michigan Reflections program accepts 4 entries from each age group/category from each district/council PTA to advance to the State Reflections contest. Unit PTAs without a district/council PTA can advance 2 entries from each age group/category to the State Reflections contest. Individual entries from students whose schools do not have a PTA can join the Michigan PTA and then submit their entry. Go to Submitting an Entry if your school does not have a PTA for more information.
Michigan PTA advances the single top entry that places in the Michigan Reflections contest in each age group/category to the National level Reflections contest.
Participation in the Michigan Reflections Program is open to all students in attendance at PTA/PTSA schools where the program is sponsored. Each local unit, district, or council establishes its own due dates which allow adequate time for judging and celebrating at that level. Local units and districts or councils then submit to the state level at the established due date.
Students who attend schools without PTA/PTSA affiliations can still participate in the Reflections program by joining the Michigan PTA. Go to Submitting an Entry if your school does not have a PTA for more information.
The 2023-2024 theme is "I am hopeful because..."
Please join the Michigan PTA Reflections Network Facebook page to receive more information about Michigan PTA’s Reflections program. Any leaders interested in chairing or co-chairing the MIPTA Reflections committee should call or email the committee. We need to keep this committee strong and growing and we need you!
If you have any questions please contact Michigan PTA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Michigan PTA (734) 975-9500.
State Due Date
Entries advancing to State Reflections are due by Saturday, January 13th, 2024 11:59 pm EST. Go to Advancing Entries to the State Reflections Contest for instructions on advancing entries to the state contest.
Resources for Running a Reflections Program at your School
The Michigan Reflections Network Facebook page is a great place to ask questions or email Reflections@MichiganPTA.org
NOTE: While you work on your copy of this Google Form, do not be alarmed that it keeps telling you that you may be short on storage space. If you know your Google Account has enough storage space, you can ignore the warnings. The form is set to accept 10GB of uploaded files from each student. That is more than enough for the max 1GB of music, film, or dance files plus any consent forms a student may upload. When you send your edited Google Form Student Entry Form to your students to use, it will require the user to sign in to a Google Account. This is mandatory from a security perspective since the Google Form is allowing files to be uploaded.
Thank you for all you do to promote art in your PTA/PTSA!
Michigan PTA Reflections Committee
This contest is for selecting the Reflections theme for a future Reflections contest. Theme search entries are due to the state by Wednesday, November 22, 2023 . Unit PTA of the entering student must have standards of affiliations submitted (aka be in good standing) at the time of submission. Complete the attached theme search entry form and email to email@example.com. No limit to the number of entries from units, districts or councils. Judging by Michigan PTA Reflections Committee.
If you are interested in participating in the PTA Reflections Contest but your school does not have a PTA or PTSA, you can still participate! Follow the steps below to do so:
b. Read the rules for the category you would like and create your entry. Rules can be found here
c. Complete the PDF Student Entry Form. You can download it from here. One entry form is required per entry.
d. Email your PDF Student Entry Form, your entry, and any applicable Consent Forms to Reflections@MichiganPTA.org. Please watch for an email reply confirming receipt. Entries are due by December 1 at 11:59 pm EST.
e. You should receive notice on the Michigan Reflections Contest results around late January.
Know that your entry will be grouped with all other entries from schools without a local school PTA for judging by category and age group. This group will be called the Great Lakes PTA unit. In line with other schools that do have a school PTA but do not belong to a District/Council PTA, the Great Lakes PTA group can only have 2 entries per category/age group in the Michigan-level Reflections contest. There will not be any awards for the Great Lakes PTA as a unit but if your entry places in the Michigan-level Reflections contest, you will receive a state-level award.
If you have any questions, please contact Reflections@MichiganPTA.org.
Entries advancing to State Reflections are due by Saturday, January 13, 2024 11:59PM EST.
District/Council PTAs can advance 4 entries from each age group/category to the State Reflections contest.
Unit PTAs without a district/council PTA can advance 2 entries from each age group/category to the State Reflections contest.
Make sure your PTA has all its standards of affiliations in place!
Two ways to advance...
1. Submit via the Student Entry Portal.
2. We are accepting entries advancing to the state without the use of the portal. So if you want to share the entries with Reflections@MichiganPTA.org, we need additional files from you
If you choose to share with us your entry files, you need to share for every entry:
You also NEED to share with Reflections@MichiganPTA.org a spreadsheet that contains all the information you find on the student entry form (including PTA National ID and Name).
If you have any questions about advancing entries to the state-level contest, contact us at Reflections@MichiganPTA.org.
To navigate into an exhibition use your keyboard arrow keys (up, right, down and left) or keyboards letters (Q,W,E,A,S,D).
You can also navigate with your mouse, by clicking where you want to go.
At the bottom left side of the window you can see the exhibition’s map and your position in it.
You may interact with any exhibit in order to view its title and description as given by the creator of the exhibition.