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Calling all students to explore their artistic side!

Students of all grades and abilities are encouraged to submit up to 3 entries inspired by this year’s theme: 

Look Within

Entries Due by end of day November 8th.

Entry forms may be found HERE

For questions, please email Ashley

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (All participants must also follow the arts category and if applicable, Special Artist Division rules)

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.  An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See the specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.
  • Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.
  • Please be aware of copyright infringement. You may use copyrighted material, but it must not be the majority of your work.  

Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. The entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4. For more info, visit HERE

Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. The use of PowerPoint is prohibited. The entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4. For more info, visit HERE

Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screenplay and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11” paper, PDF file. For more info, visit HERE

Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. The entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. The audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions. For more info, visit HERE

Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposures, negative sandwich, and photogram. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. For more info, visit HERE

Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer-generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Artwork must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. For more info, visit HERE. 

Special Artists: 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). For more info, visit HERE.