National PTA Reflections


March 30, 2022:

Northshore Council PTSA put together a SHOWCASE of all of the Northshore School District submissions that made it to the council level adjudication. 
View Northshore Council PTSA 2021-22 Reflections Art Showcase

January 24, 2022:

Check out the student work selected by Northshore Council PTSA to advance to State Level adjudication, as well as those honored with "Judges Choice".
Find Northshore Council PTSA Judging Results

November 8th, 2021:

We are no longer accepting submissions for the Reflections competition.
We had 28 entries and we were able to advance 21 of the entries to the Council level judging.
Check out our article sharing the artists and their submissions!


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 2021-22 theme:

"I will change the world by..."

EXTENDED submission deadline is Monday, November 8th, 2021.






  • 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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Introduction to Reflections

Watch a brief video about the Reflections program!
For cultivating student inspiration...

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 Will Change the World By..." 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.

Make sure to review the competition guidelines for each of the art categories:

Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 8th.


Submission Guidelines

ALL Reflections entries will be submitted virtually via dropbox

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts (2D & 3D) will need to be uploaded to dropbox AND turned in at the school office.

Find entry forms and competition guidelines in section above.

Reflections 2021-22 file dropbox:

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

  1. Completed entry form.
  2. Artwork/piece (be sure to refer to entry guidelines for acceptable file formats and file sizes in each category).
    • Dance Choreography - upload the video file
    • Film Production - upload the video file
    • Literature - upload the document
    • Music Composition - upload the audio file
    • Photography - upload the picture
    • Visual Arts - upload one photo for 2D or three photos for 3D
      • In addition, for Visual Arts: 
        • After you have submitted the picture of the entry, please drop off the student’s Visual Arts entry at the school office by November 8th, 2021.
        • Please contact the Reflections Chair: Foram Shah ( when you turn in a Visual Arts (2D/3D) category submission - to ensure she knows its there!



Please contact the Reflections Chair: Foram Shah ( with any questions about this program or how it works!


Updated: 10/20/2021