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Reflections Art Program

Reflections Arts Program

The PTA Reflections Arts Program provides an opportunity for student creative work, inspired by a designated theme, to be recognized at the local, district, state, and national levels. Students may submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts

Reflections Art Contest 2019-2020

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Theme 2019-2020: "Looking Within”
Due Date: Friday, November 8, 2019 12:30pm
Rules and entry forms located in the Carlmont Library.
Submit completed forms and entries to the Carlmont Library.
For any questions, please contact Mandy Gibbs


General Rule and Guidelines
Entry Form
General Information


Entries which include a physical item (CD, Music score printouts, Photographs, etc.) are to be turned in to the Carlmont Library by Friday, November 8, by the end of lunch. They need to be labelled with the entrant's first and last name, which should match that on their online entry form.

All work should be specifically created for this competition with this theme.

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are recognized, celebrated and judged by four grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. Participants will receive a certificate of participation and a printed booklet of the writing and imagery of the show.  A copy of this booklet and a show of the artwork and literature will go in the school library.  A reception will be held after the new year, where videos and music will be on view as well.  

School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round. Please review general entry rules.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at the convention
  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to the convention.

General Rules and Guidelines

Link to general information:

Rules for specific contest categories: