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Reflections arts program

The National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone arts program. It was developed to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since its inception 50 years ago, the Reflections program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.

Each year, students in Grades PreK-12, are recognized for bringing the theme to life in the following six categories:

    1. dance choreography
    2. film production
    3. literature
    4. musical composition
    5. photography
    6. visual arts (including 3D art).
We are excited to announce that the PTA Reflections program is coming back to Northfield, as we too, celebrate our 50th anniversary! This year's Reflections program theme is "Heroes Around Me."


A student may submit entries in more than one arts category but may only submit two entries per arts category and a total of five entries in total. For example, Phoebe submits five entries- one in musical composition, two in photography and two in literature. Joey submits five entries- one in dance choreography, one in film production, one in visual arts and two in visual arts.

All submissions will be due to Northfield by Friday, November 16th. This will be an at home project. Submissions may be dropped off at the Northfield front office the week of November 12-16. Each student entry must be accompanied by a paper student entry form, signed by a parent or guardian.

Use of Copyrighted Materials

Given this year’s theme and the normal prohibition on use of copyrighted materials, it is anticipated that images and references to certain characters, e.g., superheroes, will be submitted by students. National PTA has announced for this year that student renditions of such images are acceptable as long as the rendition represents a unique view of the copyrighted character that is the student’s own interpretation.


Within each of the six arts categories, students will be judged based on Grade Division:
    1. Primary (Preschool – Grade 2)
    2. Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
    3. Special Artist (All Grades; an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504). You can view more information about the Special Artist Division Rules here. Maryland PTA is participating in the Special Artist category. In addition to the grade/age bracketed entries, every PTA may also submit entries meeting the requirement for participation in the Special Artist category. 
We will conduct blind judging, where judges will not see the artists’ names. Each Reflections program entry will be judged on artistic merit/creativity (10 points), mastery of medium (10 points) and interpretation of theme (20 points). Each entry may receive a total of no more than 40 points from each judge. If two entries are tied, the entry with the higher score for interpretation of theme receives more recognition. You can view more information about the judges rubric here.

Looking for Volunteers/Judges

If you are interested in volunteering and/or know of a local community members who might be interested in serving as a judge, please contact Lisa Park at treasurer@northfieldpta.org.

Reflections Program Theme Search

One more thing! The search is on for a future Reflections program theme! The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100 prize from National PTA. The National PTA selected theme will be used for the 2020-2021 Reflections program. They are looking for the most original theme; therefore, past themes and duplicate submissions will not be considered. You can view past themes and entry form here. If you are interested in submitting a theme, you can either email the completed form to Lisa Park at treasurer@northfieldpta.org or leave completed entry form in the PTA Treasurer’s mailbox in the front office before October 26th. Only one entry per student please.

Submission Due Date
Friday, November 16, 2018


Lisa Park (treasurer@northfieldpta.org)

Reflections Art Gallery/Open House

The Northfield PTA invites you to join us for the Reflections Art Gallery/Open House.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 
6:30pm to 7:30pm 
Northfield Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Students, their families, Northfield teachers and staff, and community members are invited to the Reflections Art Gallery/Open House to view the 2018 Northfield Reflections submissions and celebrate the importance of arts education in our school.

Northfield Elementary School
9125 Northfield Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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