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PTA Reflections Contest

 
 

PTA Reflections Contest

 

Use the arts to share your personal Reflections!

 

The National PTA’s Reflections art program has helped 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.

 

Reflections was established in 1969 by National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson.  Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.  

 

The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is

"I Matter Because.... "    " Yo Importo Proque... " 

 

All Central and Arroyo students are invited to participate by submitting original artwork based on the theme "I Matter Because.... " in any and/or all of the six arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

 

***Submissions deadline is November 2nd***

Details on how to enter can be found at the bottom of this page. 

 

Reflections 2020-21 Call for Entries Video: 

 

OFFICIAL RULES:

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 format.

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 ½x11” 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. See Official Rules for details.

HOW TO ENTER:

All submissions will be digital this year.  
Students can submit entries here https://forms.gle/q5VSQGD6AthE7K1X8.
 
***Submissions deadline is November 2nd***
 

Experienced artists will review your work for interpretation of theme, creativity and technique. We look forward to celebrating your artistry and achievement in the arts!

 


 

More details about the PTA Reflections Contest

 

Special Message from Anna King, National PTA President Elect related to this year's theme "I Matter Because..."

 

3. PTA Celebrating over 50 years of the Reflections Art Program


 

Reflections Theme Search 2022-2023

In addition to participating the 2020-2021 art contest, we invite students to submit ideas for the 2022-2023 contest. The Reflections Theme Search is determined by the National PTA Reflections Theme Search Contest which is selected two years in advance. To participate, submit your theme idea online by November 1, 2020. Visit Online Theme Search: http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/theme-search/ for more information and to submit your theme idea online.