OVERVIEW │ The PTA Reflections Program is an annual themed arts competition for students across the nation and in American schools overseas. For over 40 years, the National PTA Reflections Program has encouraged students to explore their artistic talents and pursue creative expression in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.
Each year the contest challenges students to create works inspired by a specific theme. This year’s theme, “Believe, Dream, Inspire,” was submitted by Julie Lampert of Waverly Park PTA, located in East Rockaway, New York. “My Inspiration for the theme came from my experience in competitive sports. I hope that students across the country will strive to make their dreams become a reality,” Julie writes.
Students may submit ideas for a future Reflections theme to their State PTA organization every fall. The Georgia PTA will select five themes to submit to the National PTA for consideration in the 2015-2016 National PTA Reflections theme contest. To learn more about entering this contest click here.
All students at Montgomery Elementary in preschool through fifth grade are encouraged to participate in the contest. Annually, hundreds of thousands of students compete in the Reflections program through their local PTA’s. These student winners advance to council and state levels, with the best-of-the-best entries going to National PTA to be considered for a National Reflections Award. Prize packages consist of cash prizes and an arts education award to the student’s local PTA by National PTA.
Students may enter the Reflections Contest in the appropriate division based on their grade. There is no limit on the number of entries a student may submit. The Primary Division includes preschool – grade 2, while the Intermediate Division includes grade 3 – grade 5. Students may produce works for entries in the categories listed below. Clicking a category will link you to contest rules specific to that category.
CONTEST RULES │ General Student Participation Rules outline the contest guidelines and should be reviewed and followed in order to submit a qualified entry.
Additionally, each of the six art categories has specific rules. Carefully read and follow these instructions.
An artist statement that describes what inspired the student to create the work, and how it relates to the theme must be written on the entry form. The artist statement is mandatory for all entries in all grade divisions. The statement should not exceed 250 characters; there is no minimum length. If the statement does not fit in the space given on the Student Entry Form, it may be written on a separate sheet and attached to the form. These documents should be enclosed in a sheet protector and attached to the back of the work. All works must have a title.
DEADLINE │ The contest deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013. Entries submitted after this date will not be accepted.
GETTING STARTED │ Visit www.pta.org/reflections to familiarize yourself with the program. All links to contest rules and entry forms are embedded within this article. Do not download forms from the www.pta.org website.
- Study the General Student Participation Rules to understand the program guidelines.
- Select a one of the six categories for your submission, download and follow the General Participation Rules and category specific rules for your entry from the links provided above.
- Create an original work of art based on the program theme and rules. Do NOT sign your name to the front of your artwork.
- Complete the Student Entry Form and Consent Form (if applicable) inserting both into a clear sheet protector and attaching it to the back of the work.
- Register for the contest by submitting your original work with completed forms to the Reflections table in the Media Center on Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4 from 7:15 – 7:45A. The contest deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013.
JUDGING │ All entries will be reviewed by the Reflections committee to ensure they meet the program requirements. Any work that does not meet all the criteria listed in the General Student Participation Rules and category specific rules linked above will be returned to the student. Our goal is to include every child’s work in the contest so if the rules are unclear, please ask for help and the committee will gladly assist you.
Entries will be divided into primary and intermediate levels and viewed in a blind judging event on Tuesday, October 15, by a panel of local guest artists unaffiliated with Montgomery Elementary.
AWARDS │ A Reflections Celebration highlighting all student entries will be held on Friday, October 18 at 2:30PM in Mrs. Nicholson’s classroom. Winning entries will be announced for each division. All students entering the contest will receive participation awards and their works will be showcased during the celebration.
ART SHOW │ Following the celebration, all entries will be on display at school until Wednesday, October 23. On Thursday, October 24, the entries will be showcased at the Perimeter Barnes & Noble bookstore. During the school Spirit Night on October 24 students who submitted works will have a chance to read, perform, or present their masterpiece in the children’s reading area. The art show will be available to the public until Sunday, October 27.
Artwork will be returned to the student following the art show, unless it is a winning entry. These entries will advance to the next level of competition to compete among other Dekalb County Elementary Schools in the Council Reflections contest. Additional contests include the state and national competitions. Artwork that advances to these contests will be returned to the student by the end of the school year.
CONTACTS │ Look for the PTA Reflections display in the front entry for more information. Please contact a Reflections co-chair to ask questions, review contest rules, or to volunteer for the committee. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for your student to explore his or her own creativity!
PTA Reflections Co-Chairs
Tanya Cain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitty Li, email@example.com