The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.
Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. National PTA Reflections is America’s oldest and largest arts education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.
The theme for the 2020-2021 school year is:
This year Reflections is going digital! All submissions are due to the Bothell High Reflections Chair by Friday, November 20, 2020. Students that are interested in participating will submit artwork and an artist’s statement which briefly describes the artist’s work and how it relates to the theme. Judging breakdown is as follows: Artist Statement (50%), Creativity (25%), Technique (25%).
The Bothell High PTSA Reflections Team can send up to 20 submissions across all categories plus six special artist submissions to the next round of judging. Submissions that continue to the second round of judging is considered Council Qualifiers and will be on display at a district open house in early January. The Council will judge the pieces in each category and some pieces will continue to the State PTA for further judging.
Student can submit in one or all categories, but only one submission per category will be accepted.
Category Information Packet and Bothell High Entry Form
- 2020-21 Dance Choreography Rules
- 2020-21 Film Production Rules
- 2020-21 Literature Rules
- 2020-21 Music Composition Rules
- 2020-21 Photography Rules
- 2020-21 Visual Arts Rules
- 2020-21 Special Artist Rules
Due to COVID, all entries are to be submitted digitally. Please follow digital guidelines below:
- Dance choreography and Film Production: MP4 (preferred) or AVI. Not to exceed 5 min and 1GB.
- Music Composition: MP3 or WAV. Not to exceed 5 min and 1GB.
- Literature: Hand-written or typed PDF. Not to exceed 2,000 words.
- Visual Art: JPEG; JPG; PNG. Take a high-quality photo in good lighting.
- Photography: JPEG; JPG; PNG.
Remember, entries must include a digital submission AND the entry form.
Please use the following naming convention when submitting your artwork:
Artwork: Category_firstname_lastname_.file extension
(For example: Dance_jane_smith.mp4)
Entry Form: Entry_firstlastname.pdf
(For example: Entry_jane_smith.pdf)
Friday, November 20, 2020. Entries (digital file and entry form) to this dropbox link.
Save the Date!
Council Celebration Open House for all Council qualifiers will be January 9, 2021 at Leota Middle School (location tentative).
If you want more details about Reflections, check out the WA State PTSA website: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/.
If you have any questions, please contact the Reflections chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.