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PTA Reflections Arts Program - Submissions due 11/19


The National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone arts program. It was developed to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since its inception over 50 years ago, the Reflections program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.


Each year, students in Grades PreK-12, are recognized for bringing the theme to life in the following six categories:

  1. dance choreography
  2. film production
  3. literature
  4. music composition
  5. photography
  6. visual arts (including 3D art).

This year's Reflections program theme is "I Will Change the World by."


A student may submit entries in more than one arts category but may only submit two entries per arts category and a total of five entries in total. For example, Phoebe submits five entries- one in musical composition, two in photography and two in literature. Joey submits five entries- one in dance choreography, one in film production, one in visual arts and two in visual arts.


All submissions will be electronic and submitted through this Google Form by Friday, November 19.


This will be an at home project. Each student entry must be accompanied by a paper student entry form, signed by a parent or guardian (signatures may be typed). Download the student entry form. The entry form must include a title and artist statement. The statement should communicate 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.


At this time, students are asked to keep all submissions at home until notified by the NES Reflections Chair.


You can view detailed guidance and rules about submissions by category here.

  1. dance choreography
  2. film production
  3. literature
  4. music composition
  5. photography
  6. visual arts (including 3D art)


Within each of the six arts categories, students will be judged based on Grade Division:

  1. Primary (Preschool – Grade 2)
  2. Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
  3. Special Artist (All Grades; an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504). View more information about the Special Artist Division Rules.

Maryland PTA is participating in the Special Artist category. In addition to the grade/age bracketed entries, every PTA may also submit entries meeting the requirement for participation in the Special Artist category.


We will conduct blind judging, where judges will not see the artists’ names. Each Reflections program entry will be judged on artistic merit/creativity (10 points), mastery of medium (10 points) and interpretation of theme (20 points). Each entry may receive a total of no more than 40 points from each judge. If two entries are tied, the entry with the higher score for interpretation of theme receives more recognition. View more information about the judges rubric.

Reflections Art Gallery/Open House

In the past, the Northfield PTA has sponsored a Reflections Art Gallery/Open House. Because of the pandemic, the Northfield PTA will not be able to organize an in-person event but are currently brainstorming ideas on how best to showcase Reflections art electronically.


Looking for Volunteers/Judges

If you are interested in volunteering and/or know of a local community members who might be interested in serving as a judge, please contact Lisa Park at

NES Admin on 10/5/2021 8:52 pm

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