Reflections 2018-19: “Heroes Around Me”

City Reflections is underway. Thank you to all of the school chairs who worked so hard to complete your school contests and advance your winning entries to the PTA Council level. Judging at the city and county level is happening now. Our deadline is Dec. 11 to advance Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax winners to the Northern Virginia contest. We’ll announce PTA Council level results shortly after that. Good luck to everyone!


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 our 2017-18 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.)