Rosa Parks Elementary PTSA




Reflections is a National PTA arts in education program. The program was started in 1969 and is the largest arts in education program of its kind in the United States. Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme.


Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the bulletin board near the office and return by Monday October 21st. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at


Four Rounds of Competition 

  1. Local
  2. Council
  3. State
  4. National


Five Grade Divisions 

  1. Primary (Preschool – Grade 2)
  2. Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5)
  3. Middle/Junior (Grades 6 – 8)
  4. Senior (Grades 9 – 12)
  5. Special Artist (All grades) Click here to read about the Special Artist Division.

Participation in Reflections is organized by student grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division.


Six Art Categories 

  1. Dance Choreography. Ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Entrant must be the choreographer and may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be.
  2. Film Production. Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all story boarding and editing.
  3. Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story.
  4. Music Composition. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Notation, score or tablature required for middle and high school division. **Music videos are not accepted**
  5. Photography. Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo; a variety of digital editing techniques such as multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. NEW: Print image may not be smaller than 3″ x 5″ and no larger than 8″ x 10″. Print should be mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11″ x 14″.
  6. Visual Arts. Accepted forms include: Collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, drawing, painting and printmaking. No wood, metal, plastic, glass or framed canvas. Entries should be mounted on foam core, sturdy cardboard, mat board or other rigid materials. NEW:Entry may not exceed 24″ x 30″ and 1/2″ thickness, including matting/mounting material.


Judging and Recognition 

Entries are judged largely on interpretation of the theme, but creativity and skill are also considered.  Judges are typically community volunteers who are experienced in the art categories they are judging.  Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level.   PTA’s recognize students at each level of competition.  At the National level, prizes for top award winners include cash and an expense-paid trip to the awards ceremony at the National PTA convention.  Click HERE for more information.


Reflections Forms & Guide

The Reflections Guide, rules, and all the necessary forms are located on the Washington State PTA Reflections web page. 

Only official entry forms for Washington State are accepted. Please pay close attention to the requirements on the entry form; entries that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.

You can get an entry form from the bulletin board by the office. Entries must be submitted by Monday October 21 2019.

Got questions? Contact Gail Coles at

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