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Reflections Art Program

Reflections Art Program
This year’s PTA Reflections theme is “I Matter Because...”

Reflections Art Contest I Matter Because...
Calling All Mustangs!!
PTA Reflections is a national PTA competition that welcomes students of all grades to get involved in the arts!!

PTA Reflections encourages students to:
● Unleash creative talents and be inspired
● Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
● Experience the fun and joy of making art
● Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
● Receive positive recognition for their original works of art

All Costa students, including Special Artists, can enter artwork in one or more of the six categories:
● Dance Choreography
● Literature
● Photography
● Film Production
● Music Composition
● Visual Arts

Students - Get the chance to showcase your work by these highly acclaimed judges:

David Levy's producing credits on Robert Altman-directed films include THE PLAYER, SHORT CUTS, THE GINGERBREAD MAN, COOKIE'S FORTUNE, DR. T & THE WOMEN, THE COMPANY and A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION.  David received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for producing GOSFORD PARK. This film also earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA award for Best British Film. The films constituting his body of work have garnered more than 90 award nominations and have won nearly 30 awards from various academies, festivals, critics' organizations and professional societies. Over the course of his career, David has worked with 58 Academy Award-nominated actors, 23 of whom went on to win the Oscar.

Heather Holley is an American music producer, songwriter, vocalist, composer and pianist whose credits have yielded combined sales of over 29 million albums. She is most known for her role in launching Christina Aguilera’s career.

Doriana Sanchez is best known for her long career as Cher’s choreographer, as well as her 16 seasons as a choreographer on “So You Think You Can Dance.” She started her road to acclaim in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” and has since choreographed the Grammy Awards, Superbowl Halftime show, MTV Awards and the shows for dozens of musicians including Shakira,  and Tina Turner. Doriana has won an Emmy and is the recipient of the WorldChoreography Award.

Ira Meyer’s photographs have been published on the covers of National Geographic's Climate Change special edition, and National Geographic’s Atlas of Natural America, on the cover of Yosemite National Park’s calendar, as the Nature Conservancy’s holiday card, CD and video art, in the Los Angeles Times, on several book covers and a variety of magazines including: Outdoor Photographer, ESCAPE, Outdoor and Nature Photography, EARTH, Digital Photographer, ArtLife and Petersen’s Photographic. In 2008, Ira’s image of a dripping arch in a Greenland iceberg received the runner up award in the One Earth category of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His work is also part of the permanent collections of the City of Beverly Hills, as well as Oxnard, California and Carnegie Art Museum

Tia Pulitzer is an adjunct professor at UCLA and OTIS College. Ms. Pulitzer is a contemporary artists whose work has been widely exhibited and has garnered her high acclaim from world wide art critics.


Artworks are submitted first to Mira Costa PTSA, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged.
The Special Artists division celebrates each artist with special needs. The first place entries are then judged by the Manhattan Beach Council of PTA’s, and next to the 33rd District PTA.

The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round

Submission deadline extended to October 23, 2020
For rules and entry form, please fill out the attached application. 
Questions? Please contact our Reflections Chairs: Antonia Carpenter or Brigitte Baker at ReflectionsSubmissions2020@gmail.com

Reflections Theme Contest
Help pick the theme idea that will spark fun and creativity during the 2022—2023 Reflections program! The student who submits the winning entry will receive a $100 prize from the National PTA.

Past themes and duplicate submissions are not considered. This means we’re looking for the most original theme ideas. For more details and online submission form, please click here: https://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/theme-search/

To participate, please submit your theme idea online by November 1, 2020.