Reflections Arts Contest

National PTA Reflections


Reflections is the National PTA program that encourages students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork for fun and recognition. All students whose families are members of our PTA may participate in this opportunity to showcase their creative talents.

Theme: "I Matter because"

Reflections 2020-2021

Create original works of art in response to the student-selected theme: "I Matter Because." Entries can be in one or all of the available arts categories:


Dance Choreography


Film Production




Music Composition




Visual Arts

How to Enter

All Reflections submissions must be accompanied by the entry form and an entry is required for each submission. Further details on the rules for each category can be found at the VA PTA site. Students in grades K-2 compete in the Primary Division, grades 3-5 compete in the Intermediate Division, and 6th grade competes in the Middle School Division. 


All entries must be submitted digitally (see information further below). The deadline is October 16.

Digital File Requirements

Please use the following file naming instructions to ensure that we can match your student's entry to their art. Format: last name-first name-category.file extension. For example:




  • Dance Choreography: Maximum video length of 5 minutes and file size of 1 GB. Must be in AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, or MP4 format.

  • Film Production: Maximum video length of 5 minutes and file size of 1 GB. Must be in AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, or MP4 format. 

  • Literature: Maximum of 2,000 words within a single-size paper. Must be in PDF format.

  • Music Composition: Maximum audio recording length of 5 minutes and a file size of 1 GB. Must be in MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, or FLAC format. (Notation - score/tablature in PDF format - applicable for middle school division [6th grade]).

  • Photography: Dimensions must be at least 640 x 960 pixels and 300 dpi resolution. Must be in JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG format.

  • Visual Arts: Dimensions must be at least 640 x 960 pixels and 300 dpi resolution. Must be in either JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG format. One photo should be submitted for 2-D art. 3 photos (from different angles) should be submitted for 3-D art.

Title and Artist Statement

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?

Digital Entry Form

Click on the button below to access the entry forms. There is a separate digital form within each division for each category so double-check to ensure that you are selecting the correct category within the correct division. After completing the form you'll upload the file(s) for the entry to Dropbox (follow provided instructions upon completing entry). Make sure that the file(s) for your student's entry meets the category's file type and size requirements noted above. If you need assistance or have questions, contact

Submit Reflections Entries

Evaluation Criteria

During the evaluation process, judges will consider the following criteria:

  1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist's statement. 

  2. Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 

  3. Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Awards and Recognition

All CRS participants will be recognized. Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their council (Fairfax County Council of PTAs), district (Northern Virginia District PTA), and state (Virginia PTA) programs to the national level. Learn more about the national awards

Questions? Please email our Reflections Coordinator

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