Reflections (Arts Contest)


NEW!!! 2019-20 Reflections Theme: LOOK WITHIN

For more than 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in one or all of the following arts categories:

Dance Choreography  Dance Choreography
Film  Film
Literature  Literature
Music  Music
Photography  Photography
Visual Arts  Visual Arts

Entries for next year should reflect upon and interpret the theme: Look Within.  Look for additional info to be released at the beginning of the school year!

How to Participate

  • Refer to the Official Rules and follow their instructions closely!
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only (NO copyrighted images allowed - i.e. don't use images associated with Superman, Batman, etc)
  • A student may develop an entry inside or outside of the school.
  • A student may submit entries in more than one arts area and/or multiple entries in a single
    arts area.
  • Each student entry must be accompanied by a paper student Entry Form, signed by a parent
    or guardian.
  • Student entries MUST include a title and an artist statement, which communicates the
    artist’s inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme. The statement must describe
    the content and include at least 10 words but not exceed 100 words.

Families can support their children’s participation by creating time and space for students
to work on their entries, providing encouragement and needed materials and volunteering to
support the Reflections Program.

Entries should represent students’ unique creativity—adults are welcome to encourage
students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic
expression. Appropriate accommodation for Special Artists is allowed.

Gallery from Previous Years

2017-18 State Reflections Winner - Caroline Fiske, "Reach for the Wall" (photographic interpretation of 2017-18 theme "Within Reach")