Illinois PTA in partnership with Millikin University's College of Fine Arts presents:

SPOTLIGHT: A Children's Celebration of Art and Community

SPOTLIGHT is a FREE event to CELEBRATE the children in our state. This event is open to ALL CHILDREN and FAMILIES in Illinois. This afternoon of celebration, held on Millikin University's Campus in Decatur, Illinois, will open up the ARTS to children of all ages through the various Workshops available for them to participate in. Adults and children alike will be inspired by the gallery displays of pieces created by Pre-K students through High School Seniors. SPOTLIGHT has something for everyone. Bring the whole family and help us celebrate our children and their contributions to the Arts and Community.

The afternoon will include:

  • Workshops for children and adults presented by faculty and students from Millikin University;
  • An art gallery of almost 500 Reflections pieces presented alongside the work of university artists; and
  • Reception with light refestments.

The culmination of the afternoon will be a ceremony recognizing:

  • Students with Reflections pieces advancing to National PTA;
  • Reflections students receiving Honorable mention Awards from Illinois PTA;
  • Student Service Leader Award Recipient; and
  • Illinois PTA Scholarship Winners.

Click here for the list of 2015-2016 Reflections State results


Event Schedule

Subject to Change

11:30am - Doors Open
12:30pm - Welcome Remarks
1:00pm - Workshop 1
2:00pm - Refreshments/ Gallery Viewing
2:30pm - Workshop 2
3:30pm - Recognition Ceremony


PTA SPOTLIGHT 2016: An Amazing Day of Art and Celebration

What an amazing day was had by all at this year’s SPOTLIGHT: A Children’s Celebration of Art and Community held at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. This year, 298 participants viewed the galleries, participated in workshops, and celebrated our children, a 39% increase over last year’s attendance. While the weather outside was gloomy, smiles brightened the Kirkland Fine Arts Center and Millikin campus throughout the day.

Having one’s art hung in a professional gallery is the dream of any artist, and our PTA Reflections’ students are no different. This year, 158 Visual Arts pieces and 96 Photography pieces graced the walls of Kirkland Fine Art Center while 106 Literature, 57 Music Compositions, 54 Film Productions, and 46 Dance Choreography pieces were available for viewing. In total, 517 creations from our talented artists were available for public viewing.

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