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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 over 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. music composition
  5. photography 
  6. visual arts (including 3D art). 

This year's Reflections program theme is "Look Within."


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 Thursday, November 14. This will be an at home project. Submissions may be dropped off at the Northfield front office the week of November 11-14. Each student entry must be accompanied by a paper student entry form, signed by a parent or guardian.  You can download the student entry form here.  The entry form must include a title and artist statement.  The statement should communicate the artist’s inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme.  The statement must describe the content and include at least 10 words but not exceed 100 words.

You can view detailed guidance and rules about submissions here.  

You can view the Official Rules here


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.   

Reflections Art Gallery/Open House

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Northfield Cafetorium

Students, their families, Northfield teachers and staff, and community members are invited to the Reflections Art Gallery/Open House to view the 2019 Northfield Reflections submissions and celebrate the importance of arts education in our school. 

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 reflections@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 2021-2022 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, please either email the completed entry form to Lisa Park at reflections@northfieldpta.org or leave completed entry form in the PTA Treasurer’s mailbox in the front office before Friday, November 1. Only one entry per student please.

Submission Due Date
Thursday, November 14

Download the student entry form

Reflections Art Gallery/
Open House
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Northfield Cafetorium

Northfield Elementary School
9125 Northfield Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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