‘Together We Can’ is the theme of the PTA’s 2010 Reflections arts competition

The Irvine Unified PTA Council is inviting IUSD students of all ages to participate in its annual “Reflections” art contest.

The national Reflections program has been around for about four decades, providing opportunities for students to express themselves – and to receive recognition for their artistic efforts. This year, students in preschool through high school are encouraged to submit original works of art based on the theme, “Together We Can.”

Submissions will be accepted in each of six categories: Dance/choreography, literature, musical composition, film/video production, photography and visual arts. (The latter includes drawing, painting, print-making and collage.)

“PTA believes that all children deserve a quality arts education,” said IUCPTA Reflections Chairperson Kathleen Sarangay. “Studies show that there is a direct link between the arts and student achievement. Students who study the arts develop critical-thinking skills, problem-solving techniques, and a drive for excellence. “

Irvine students have advanced to the state and national levels of the Reflections competition in previous years. Last year, 1,225 entries were submitted locally based on the theme, “Beauty is..!” (Pictured above is an entry by Northwood High School’s Leejon Kim that earned honors at the county level.)

“An arts education is important to the educational growth of children,” said National PTA President Charles Saylors. “That’s why we’re proud that PTA Reflections, in its more than 40 years, has given millions of students a way to express themselves through the arts. We’re excited for Irvine Unified Council PTA and the creative energy of their students.”

The deadline for submissions varies by school, though each campus will submit its winners to the PTA Council by November 1. For more information, families should contact the PTA Reflections chair at their school or visit www.irvinecouncilpta.org.