Explore the Arts and Express Yourself
The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…
The PTA Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence. Visual and performing arts naturally align with established Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) goals.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.
Students submit their completed works of art in one or more of the arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. They participate in their grade division: Primary (Pre-K – Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.
All children and families from across the state are invited to participate in Spotlight, the Illinois Cultural Arts Celebration, at Milliken University in the Spring.
Visit our 2020-2021 Spotlight Gallery to see last year’s entries advanced to the National PTA level.
If you are a REFLECTIONS CHAIR: please visit the Leadership Resources section of the Website for forms, resources, and additional details.
Need help starting a Reflections Program at your school? Contact Reflections@illinoispta.org to get started.