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National PTA/PTSA's Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts.  The school level exhibition occurs in early Fall.

The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “I Will Change the World By…”. Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in any of following arts areas:

  • Dance/Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts


  • Primary - Preschool-Grade 2
  • Intermediate - Grades 3-5
  • Special Artist - All Grades

You must complete this application and submit it with your entry. It is a requirement to explain how your work relates to the theme.

Abridged Guidelines




* Entry must be an original black-and-white or color image, or a group of images, produced by a photographic process

* The student must be the one to take the photograph


* MUST BE MOUNTED or MATTED on cardboard mat, poster board, or other sturdy material


Dance Choreography:

* A Dance Choreography entry must be an original choreographed dance composition

* Must not exceed 5 minutes and recorded on a DVD ONLY; submit 2 DVD’s saved as a file, not a DVD movie

* The choreographer may be the performer, one of the performers, but does not have to be

* Costumes are not necessary, however, if used choreographer must also create the costumes


Film Production:

* A Film Production entry must be an original work of fiction, non-fiction; with or without sound

* Can be Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, or a Media Presentation

* No PowerPoint presentations

* Student must be the director, screenwriter, and cameraperson; and storyboarding and editing must also be done by the student

* Must not exceed 5 minutes and recorded on DVD ONLY; submit 2 DVD’s saved as a file, not as a DVD movie



* A Literature entry may be works of fiction or nonfiction, prose, poetry and drama

* Entries must not exceed 2,000 words* Can be handwritten or typed (one sided only)

* Must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper* DO NOT mount or mat

* Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own language.

An interpretive translation in English must accompany the entry

* Must submit 1 original and 2 copies


Music Composition:

* A Musical Composition entry may be voice, instruments, or a combination of voice and instruments.

* Must not exceed 5 minutes and recorded on CD ONLY; submit 2 CD’s saved as a .mp3 file, not a CD/DVD movie

* Middle and High School Entries: notation, including traditional tablature or electronic is required. 

* Score size shall not exceed 8 ½ x 11 paper


Visual Arts:

* A Visual Arts entry must be an original print, drawing, painting, collage, photographic collage, metal etching or punch work, fiber work, or computer generated* No 3-Dimensional art work * Laminating is discouraged

* MUST BE MOUNTED OR MATTED and not to exceed 3/8 inch in thickness



Special Artist Divsion:

This is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines in the American Disabilities Act.


Entries must be the original work of one student only | Title and Artist Statement required | Enter as many times as desired | Enter in as many art categories as desired | No copyrighted material can be used

For more information: under Programs + Events / Reflections Art Program

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Watch the Ponderosa Press for entry due date.  Entries are due in the Office together with a completed application