Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program for young artists
The 2020 theme is "I Matter Because..."  
Every fall, student submissions are professionally critiqued against other elementary school students and are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. All students and all abilities may submit an original entry in any of these 6 artistic categories (1 per category): Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Photography, Literature, and Film Production. 
All student submissions will be displayed in the fall at our annual Reflections Art Gala! The top students in each category will be awarded and have the opportunity to advance to state and national levels. Good luck, happy creating, and we look forward to your entries!

2020 Reflections Entry Form


2020 Reflections Rules



Selection Criteria


Student entries submitted to the national level go through two rounds of review by esteemed arts professionals across the country. During the evaluation process, judges will consider the following criteria:


  1. Interpretation: (40 POINTS MAX) How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
  2. Creativity: (30 POINTS MAX)How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
  3. Technique: (30 POINTS MAX)The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.


Judges strongly consider the interpretation of the Reflections theme during the evaluation process. It is suggested that students give their submissions a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to the student’s personal interpretation of the theme. The following guiding questions can be useful when developing a title and artist statement:


  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
  • What/who was your inspiration?




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