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PTA Reflections

What is PTA Reflections?

For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped more than 10 million students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, students in Pre-K through 12th-grade create and submit original works of art in one or all six of the available arts categories that represents that years theme.

PTA Reflections Program


Reflections - Call for Entries!

Due Date: TBD


Calling all choreographers, photographers, musicians, writers, filmmakers and artists!


Our theme this year is:  I am Hopeful Because...



PTA Reflections is a national program that welcomes all grades and abilities to explore the arts and create original pieces of art inspired by the theme: I am Hopeful Because...


Explorers can choose to enter in one or more of the six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.


For additional information about the general rules and the rules of each category, please see below, visit or contact [email protected] 


This year all entries will be submitted digitally by October 9. Visit this link to submit your entry. This form is for Washington only. 


**This entry form is for Washington Elementary Redondo Beach ONLY.  If you attend a different school, please check with your school's PTA Reflections Chair for the correct link to submit entries. Thank you!**




Programa del PTA Reflexiones



Fecha de cierre: 


¡Convocamos a todos los coreógrafos, fotógrafos, músicos, escritores, videógrafos y artistas!


El tema de este año ya se ha lanzado:

Reflexiones es un programa nacional abierto a todos los grados y habilidades, y destinado a explorar las artes e inspirar la creación de piezas de arte originales basadas en el tema: Tengo Esperanza Porque...


Los estudiantes pueden elegir participar en una o más de las siguientes seis categorías: coreografía de baile, producción de film, literatura, composición musical, fotografía y artes visuales.  


Más información sobre las reglas generales y de cada categoría se encuentra debajo, en o escribiendo a [email protected].

Este año, todas las inscripciones se enviarán digitalmente antes del 9 de octubre. Visite este hipervínculo para enviar su inscripción. 


*Si bien todos los materiales están disponibles en español, las piezas de arte y explicación del artista deben inscribirse en inglés. 




  • General Rules for Participation — By entering the “National PTA Reflections Program,” entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules as well as the entry requirements for their specific arts category and division. Any violation of these rules may, at PTA’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges regarding this program are final and binding in all respects. (The “PTA” referred to in these rules include all PTAs reviewing the entry).
  • Eligibility — Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. It is the responsibility of the state and local PTA/PTSA to determine each student’s eligibility in the National PTA Reflections® Program. A student may develop an entry in or outside of school.
  • Categories — There are six arts categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections Program in one or more arts categories.  
    • Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also
      be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4 or AVI
    • Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation.
      Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and
      1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4 or AVI format.
    • Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 1⁄2x11” paper, PDF file.
    • Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may
      also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size. Accepted audio file
      formats include: MP3 and WAV. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions.
    • Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print
      image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted.
      Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.
    • Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with
      matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for
      artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.
    • Special Artist: Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division OR grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.
  • Grade Divisions — Students may enter in the appropriate division for their grade (Primary: Preschool-Grade 2; Intermediate: Grades 3-5; Special Artist: All grades welcome).  
  • How to Enter — Entrants must submit their artwork and student entry form to their local PTA/PTSA program according to local and state PTA procedures, using this link: Entrants must follow requirements and instructions specific to each arts category and division.
  • Entry Requirements — (All participants must also follow Arts Category and Division Rules) — Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. See the specific Arts Category Rules for details. Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include a minimum of 10 words, but may not exceed 100 words.  Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. Use of PowerPoint presentations are prohibited because most graphic elements are copyrighted.
  • Final Selection and Notification — Entries are reviewed at local, regional, state and national levels. Each PTA determines its own judges for the program. Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity. The National PTA Reflections® program makes no restrictions on content or subject matter in artwork. Under no condition may parents or students contact the judges to dispute the status of any entry. Awards will be announced according to local and state procedures. National award recipients will be notified via email by National PTA, typically in May. The PTA in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition and provide awards/prizes. Visit for more information on Exhibitions and awards.
  • Ownership and License — Ownership in any submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this program constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that PTA may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for PTA purposes. PTA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of entry into the PTA Reflections program constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.


Contact at Washington PTA:[email protected]