Reflections 2018-19: “Heroes Around Me”

We’re Back! Have you kicked off your school’s contest? 2018-19 theme: “Heroes Around Me.” At most schools, student entry deadlines are in October. Alexandria’s city deadline is Nov. 9; i.e., the winning entries from each school are advanced to the city’s contest by Nov. 9. (Fairfax’s deadline is Nov. 8-9; Arlington’s is Nov. 15.) Good luck to everyone!

Click here for a step-by-step guide to running a Reflections program

Click here for the 2018-19 Call for Entries video!


Reflections is a national PTA arts program. Students create artwork in six different categories (Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts) interpreting a theme, and compete against others in their age group division.

Students submit art through the school PTA. In each category and age division, only the 1st-place entry advances to the next level. Contest levels:

  • Individual school (“Local Unit,” in PTA-speak)
  • Alexandria City (the PTA Council)
  • Northern Virginia (the PTA District)
  • Virginia State PTA
  • National PTA

More important than the competition is the chance to experiment, create, and have fun.

Click here for a slide show of some of last year’s winners!

(Featured artwork is “Birds Gone Wild,” by Kira H., Jefferson-Houston. Artwork on this site was entered in Reflections by ACPS students over the past few years. Students are identified by the school they attended when the entry was submitted. Copyrights are owned by the students; art is reprinted here with permission.)