Cultural Arts Education In Schools
Involvement in the arts increases academic achievement. Studies have shown that eighth graders who are highly involved in the arts get better grades, are less likely to drop out and are more likely to attend college. Yet fewer U.S. students report receiving any arts education today than 25 years ago-and the declines are steepest among African-American and Hispanic students. PTA supports a well-rounded education for all students, including the arts as a core academic subject.
DCCPTA is proud to run the largest Reflections Program in Florida, with approximately 300 student participants each year from around Duval County. In 2016-2017 Duval had three students that won Awards of Excellence at the National level. Way to go, Duval!!! Reflections is an easy, low-cost program to add to your local PTA this year. Contact our Cultural Arts Chair at Reflections@dccpta.org if you need help getting started.
Students may create entries in any or all of these categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, and Photography, Visual Arts (2-dimensional or 3-dimensional). Remember that the successful students relate there artwork to the theme is worth 50% of the total judges’ score. The specific rules for each category are available on FloridaPTA.org
Congratulations to Duval County Reflections winners for the 2018-2019 school year. This year’s theme was “Heroes Around Me.” Three entries in each age group/art category are chosen as an “Award of Excellence” and are forwarded to compete at the State level. A special ‘thank you’ to all of this year’s participants for sharing your heroes with us!
- Student Entry Forms
- Training Materials
- Local Unit Toolkit
- Register your local unit
- Upload school winners proceeding to County
Reflections Program Annual Theme Search
Another great way for students to get involved in the Reflections Program is the annual Theme Search. Encourage your student to brainstorm and imagine a theme that will appeal to other students. For submitting the award-winning theme, the student receives $100 and recognition at the National PTA convention in June. To submit a student’s suggestions for a Reflections Program theme, complete the entry form at FloridaPTA.org and send it to Florida PTA by October30.
Past Reflections Award Winners
2017-2018 Theme “Within Reach”
2016-2017 “What Is Your Story?”
- 2016-2017 Duval County PTA Reflections Award Winners
- 2016-2017 Duval County State PTA Reflections Award Winners
- 2016-2017 Duval County National PTA Reflections Award Winners
2015-16 “Let Your Imagination Fly”
- National PTA Award of Excellence in Dance Choreography, Haley Pafford, Douglas Anderson PTSA
- 2015-2016 County Reflections Winners
- 2015-2016 State Reflections Winners