National PTA Reflections


Program Update:

Our 2019-20 Reflections program has accepted 31 student pieces and announced the 20 student pieces that moved on to district judging. Please check out article here.

Save the date for the district-wide Reflections Celebration hosted by Northshore Council PTSA coming up on Saturday, January 11, 2020! The event will feature Reflections submissions from students across Northshore, including our Canyon Creek qualifiers. We hope you will join us in celebrating our student artists!



The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Students of all ages and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2019-20 theme:

"Look Within"

Look Within





  • Visual Arts (2D & 3D)
  • Photography
  • Music Composition
  • Literature
  • Film Production
  • Dance Choreography
  • Primary: PreK-Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grade 3-5
  • Middle School: Grade 6-8
  • High School: Grade 9-12
  • Special Artist

Canyon Creek -> District (Northshore) -> Washington State PTA -> National PTA

Rule Highlights

  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work (except for the special artist category).
  • Each entry must have a title and an artist statement. The artist Statement must be at least 1 sentence and no more then 100 words. In the artist statement, students should tell us about their work and what it means to them.
    • 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, instruments, props, etc.)? 
    • What/Who was your inspiration?
  • Art entries are judged by a panel of local professional artists. Student names are hidden for judging. 
  • Students may only submit one work per category, however they can submit an entry for as many categories as they'd like.
  • The Special Artist division is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program. The Special Artist Division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure that every student has the chance to be part of the National PTA Reflections® program. Download the Special Artist Rules/Guidelines.

How to Participate

The entry form and competition guidelines for each of the art categories are available for download below:

Printed copies of the entry forms and competition guidelines are also available in the Canyon Creek Main Office. 

Complete the entry form (including the student and parent signature lines!) and turn one in with each art submission to the Canyon Creek Office on or before Friday, November 8, 2019. 


Submissions are due Friday, November 8th, 2019.

We can't wait to see how our students "Look Within"!


Questions? Contact Robin Zaback at