National PTA Reflections




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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 2020-21 theme:

"I Matter Because..."

I Matter Because...




  • Visual Arts (2D)
  • 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

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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?
  • Entries are judged by local 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

Take inspiration from this year's theme, "I Matter Because..." and create! Then complete an entry form for each submission:

In addition to the general Reflections rules included in the entry packet above, there are also rules specific to each category. Competition guidelines for each of the art categories is available for download below:

Printed copies of the entry forms and competition guidelines are also available upon request. Email Robin Zaback (

Complete the entry form (including the student and parent signature lines!) and turn one in with each art submission on or before Friday, November 13, 2020.

Submitting Entries

Due to the limited access to school because of COVID-19, digital entries may be turned in via a file drop at the following link any time between now and Friday. November 13, 2020:

Please include student name in all file names. For each submission, be sure to upload:

1. Completed entry form. **NOTE: please fill in the information on page 3 of the entry form, including signature**

2. Artwork/piece (be sure to reference entry guidelines for acceptable file formats in each category).

This will work for most categories, including photography (if digital), music composition, literature (if digital), film production, and dance choreography. 

If you would like to submit a visual arts entry or other non-digital entry, please email for the drop-off address or to request pick-up.


Submissions are due Friday, November 13th, 2020.


We can't wait to see the ways our students are inspired by this year's theme,

"I Matter Because..."!


Questions? Contact Robin Zaback at

Updated: 11/13/2020