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2022 PTA Reflections Program

Started in 1969, Reflections is an annual arts recognition program sponsored by the National PTA. Kindergarten through 12th grade students can enter into six different categories: dance choreography, film/video production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts! Students may submit entries in all 6 categories, and there is no limit on the amount of entries. Reflections is designed to provide an opportunity for students of all ages and ability levels to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original work! Each Reflections entry has the opportunity to advance from the Bedford Heights PTA level, to HEB-ISD Council level, Texas PTA level, or even National PTA level.

TEXAS STATE PTA Level awarded Christian Kim’s Film Production Entry “Chasing the Final Frontier”

a SILVER metal “Award of Merit” Congratulations to Christian!!

View Christian's 2021 Film Production Entry

 

 

Take a few moments to review the Official Participation Rules and Category Guidelines before submitting an entry. Your student can pick up a physical copy of each of these on the school’s Bulletin Board.

 

 

 

 

Ready to participate in the Reflections program?

Next Steps:

  1. Make sure 1 member of your household is a 2022 - 2023 PTA member to participate. If not, join the PTA at: http://www.joinpta.org

  2. Bedford Heights will continue with the Virtual Judging platform we have utilized the last few years. To start this process for your artist, begin by submitting each reflections entry ONLINE at: Virtual Judging Submission Link

  3. Complete the Student Entry Form.

  4. Once you have completed the Student Entry Form, keep your creation safe. We will collect them later in the year for recognition. 

Each Reflections entry should be submitted online individually.

First Entry Deadline: September 16, 2022 - Students that submit their online entry on or before September 16th will receive a Reflections Prize! 

Final Entry Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2022

 

Student entries are judged based on:

  • Interpretation of the Theme: how closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement

  • Artistic Merit/Creativity: how creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation

  • Mastery of Medium: the level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area

2024 - 2025 Reflections theme

Start dreaming up the 2024 - 2025 Reflections Theme! Deadline to submit themes is November 5, 2022.

When suggesting a theme, judges take into consideration if the theme is:

- Unique, inspiring and unlike past program themes​

- Focused without being too narrow or too broad

- Clear, concise, and appropriate for all grade levels

- Applicable to all arts categories

- Promotes PTA values

- Relevant in 2 years

Past themes and duplicate entries are not considered, review here.

 

Do you have a creative new idea for a theme? Completed a Theme Search Student Entry Form.

Questions?

Contact BHE Arts in Education Chair, Melissa Wilhelmi at bheartsineducation@gmail.com.