2023-24 Reflections Program: “I am Hopeful Because…”

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition, providing students an opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. 

The theme for the 2023-2024 program year is I am Hopeful Because...

Program Details

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. The six artistic categories are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction and nonfiction in: poetry, prose, drama, short stories, essay, screen play, play script, narrative, and lyrics.
    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words. Student may also be the performer, or one of the performers.
    • Photography -- color or black/white single print (no collages) image in: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
    • Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in various mediums, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling, architectural drawing, ceramics, fashion drawing or clothing, fiber work, mixed media, and sculpture.
    • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, in: animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or media.
    • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed solo and ensemble works all-dance styles. Student may also be the performer, or one of the performers.

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. 

Special Artists

The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students entering this division create their own artwork but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one Special Artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation Award. Up to five additional Special Artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence.

Student Entry Packet and Category Guidelines

Find student entry form here.

Find art category guidelines here

Submission Deadline

Tuesday, October 31,  2023

Submission of Entries

Details to come.


For more information, or if you have questions, contact SHS PTSA Reflections Chair Prajakta Ghatpande