Reflections Contest

Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art which interprets the theme:

"I Matter Because . . .”


Riverwood Participants


Submittal Deadline EXTENDED to Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm! Complete the electronic form and attach photos (if digital) or your completed project according to the form directions. The Reflections team will contact you to schedule delivery of your physical artwork to the school.

> Please review the 2020 Rules

> Each submission must include the electronic form Student Entry Form 2020-2021

> Only fully completed entry forms which have both the student's and parent/guardian's electronic signature will be accepted

> Please take time to review the presentation and packaging guidelines for each category listed below to ensure each entry is in the correct format. Click link for category details.

* Special Artist: Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. Click link for details.

Questions? Contact ReflectionsRICS@gmail.com

Reflections Background Information

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts-recognition and achievement program for students. Each year, students from all over the country submit original works of art responding to a designated theme.

All Riverwood students are encouraged to submit work depicting/interpreting their vision of this year’s theme. Categories include: Music, Film, Dance, Literature, Visual Arts, and Photography.

Two students per category, per grade, will advance to the next level, competing against other North Fulton Schools and possibly on from there to Nationals.

Reflections History

National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson established the Reflections Program in 1969. Since that time, more than ten million students have participated in the program. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis. Instead, participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's ultimate goal.

Reflections provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. It also inspires continuous self-discovery as students learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings, and ideas; they become more interested in the ideas and works of others and learn to appreciate them. Their world view expands, making room for new ideas, diverse people and places, and fresh and exciting experiences.

The program also increases arts awareness in the community and delivers a consistent and compelling message on the importance of the arts in education. Studies indicate that the process of creating art promotes critical and analytical thinking and longitudinal studies demonstrate that children exposed to arts excel scholastically at higher levels than those who are not exposed.

Students may submit single or multiple entries in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. The six arts areas are: Literature

* Musical composition

* Photography

* Visual arts

* Dance Choreography

* Film/Video Production

Once submitted, student works are critiqued by grade level, so that recognition and judging of artworks are appropriate for developmental age and skill level. Two entries for each grade will advance to Council, although not every school will have two entries for every grade.

At the Council Level, the entries will be segmented by grade level and judged again. Two winners will be selected from each grade level and those winning entries will advance to the State Level.