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Reflections is a National PTA art 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. Reflections is not “just an art contest.”  It helps kids take risks, be inspired, think creatively and be celebrated for their creativity and work. Studies have shown there is a positive relationship between the arts and wellbeing. Get more information about Reflections Art Program (






 The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is “I Will Change The World By…” Students electronically submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.


How to Participate 

 *Note: According to the guidance from Lake Washington PTSA Council, we do not accept 3-D artwork for  the 2021-2022 Reflections program.

*Note: Please do not wait until deadline to submit your art work. After deadline (October 25, 2021) we do not accept any student’s art works for the 2021-2022 Reflections Program. Your cooperation is highly appreciated!


Categories & Divisions


Young artists get involved through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Please carefully read and follow the rules for your category!!   The six art areas are:

    • Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
    • Music Composition – original musical composition, with or without words.
    • Photography - color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
    • Visual Arts - drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
    • Film/Video - original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
    • Choreography/Dance - originally choreographed dance composition.
    • Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. The grade division for Alcott Elementary School is K-2nd & 3rd-5th. 
    • Special Artist Elementary Division - The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Complete details are included in the 21-22_WSPTA-special-artist-division-rules_reflections.pdf (

Carefully read the rules for your category, linked above. 

Tips & Judging


Judges will consider the following criteria:

  1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement.

  2. Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.

  3. Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Judges strongly consider the interpretation of the Reflections theme during the evaluation process. It is suggested that students give their submissions a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to the student’s personal interpretation of the theme. The following guiding questions can be useful when developing a title and artist statement: 

    • 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, instrumentation, props, etc.)?

    • What/who was your inspiration?

Key Dates

  • Monday, October 25, 2021 – deadline for Alcott Elementary students to electronically submit entries to
  • October 26, 2021 - November 12th, 2021 – Alcott PTSA judging process
  • Friday, November 19, 2021 – target date for Alcott Elementary winners' announcement
  • Thursday, January 6, 2022 – target date for Lake Washington PTSA council winners' announcement
  • Late March 2022 – results of WSPTA Reflections competition announced
  • Late May 2022 – results of National PTA Reflections competition announced

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