Express yourself and use the arts to share your personal Reflections on this year’s theme: Show Your Voice!

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

This program encourages students to explore an idea, centered around a theme in visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film making, literature, or music composition. Start working on your piece today. More information can be found at

Contact Alice Kim at if you have any questions. Submissions are due to the Reflections bin in front of the Main Office at Newcastle Elementary by Wednesday, November 2, 2022.


Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Please follow the specific guidelines for each art area.

The six artistic categories are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
    • Photography – color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
    • Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
    • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
    • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition


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


To ensure your entry can move on to the higher levels, please submit artwork that adheres to the rules and guidelines, which can be found HERE.


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. Find out more info HERE.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact our PTSA Reflections Chair, Alice Kim, at