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:

  • Workshop session for all attendees presented by faculty and students from Millikin University and Illinois PTA Board of Directors members;
  • Reception with light refestments.

The culmination of the afternoon will be a ceremony recognizing:

  • Students with Reflections pieces advanced to Illinois PTA State level;
  • Reflections students receiving Honorable Mention Awards from Illinois PTA and Special Artists;
  • Students with Reflections pieces advancing to National PTA; and
  • Illinois PTA Scholarship Winners.

*SPOTLIGHT 2017 Workshops offer something for everyone. Review this year's workshop options before registering. Workshop space is limited so register early to guarentee you can attend the workshops of your choice.

Click here for the list of 2016-2017 Reflections State results


PTA SPOTLIGHT 2017: A Story of Art and Celebration

On May 13, the Illinois PTA 4th Annual SPOTLIGHT: A Children’s Celebration of Art and Community was held at Millikin University in Decatur. This year, 235 participants viewed the galleries, participated in workshops, and celebrated our children. We thank Mother Nature for providing our families a perfect day to make a day trip to Decatur and to be outside on the Millikin campus on their way to and from workshops.

Our story began last fall when students across the country were asked, “What is your story?” and the students in Illinois answered. Our children’s stories, depicted though their art, filled the galleries of Kirkland Fine Arts Center. This year, 166 Visual Arts pieces and 100 Photography pieces filled the walls of Kirkland Fine Art Center while 132 Literature, 50 Music Compositions, 54 Film Productions, and 53 Dance Choreography pieces were available for viewing. In total, 555 stories from our talented artists were available for public viewing in their chosen form of art.

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