National PTA Arts Recognition Program

Please Note: For your submission to SMS PTA, you only need to send digital files of your artwork. Instructions/Rules regarding hard-copies of photos, mounted visual art, etc. only apply to entries that advance to the state- or national-level competition. You will be contacted if you need to mount your artwork. In your initial submission, it is only necessary to include digital files. (For visual arts just take a digital photo of your work.)

Welcome to the SMS PTA Reflections program!


Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school but in life.

Students create original works of art in response to a theme and are judged by grade level on the creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is I Will Change the World by… Students can submit their original works of art in one, or all, of six arts categories:

  • 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

While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council competition, then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. National PTA Reflections awards can be found here.

The deadline for turning in artwork to SMS is December 7th, 2021.  Email completed entry forms with art files to

To see a sampling of 2020-2021 student finalists and their works, view the Student Showcase page.

Special Artist Division

The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Complete details are included in the Special Artist Rules.


  •  Who Can Enter the Reflections Art Program?
    A Reflections program is a benefit of attending a school where there is a PTA. 6th-8th grade SMS Students must enter the contest through the SMS PTA. We will also accept entries from 6th-8th grade students who live in the Snoqualmie Valley who are homeschooled (P3 or other), or who attend a private school where there is no PTA.
  •  Do Children Have to Sign the Entry Form?
    Yes. The entry form must be signed by the submitting student (even if it is only a printed first name) and the student’s parent/guardian. If using the fillable .pdf version of the entry form, individuals may type their name as their signature.

  •  How and Where do I Send my Visual Art and Photography Entries?
    There is no need to initially submit your original Visual Art or mounted Photography entries directly to SMS PTA. Simply provide image files of your art using the upload tool in the online student entry form. For 3D art provide three images from different angles. Only if your entry advances to the state level will you be asked to mount your photos or provide the original work in physical form. But for the local entry, you do not need to physically send anything. (If you experience difficulty using the online form or upload tool, contact to submit a paper entry form and make alternate arrangements to send the entry files).

  • How Should Film and Dance Entries be Submitted?
    Film and dance entries should also be uploaded in the online student entry form. The upload tool can accept a file up to the maximum size permitted in the rules (1,000MB).  (If you experience difficulty using the online form or upload tool, contact to submit a paper entry form and make alternate arrangements to send the entry files).

  • What are the Recommendations for Quality Recordings?
    Make the room you record in as quiet as possible. Close windows and turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, telephones, etc.). Do not place the recording device on top of an instrument or speakers. If needed, improve recording quality by changing the record volume or microphone location. Pay attention to what is behind the performer – make sure the background isn’t distracting. If using a phone, record in landscape mode, not portrait mode.

  • How Many Entries May One Student Submit?
    Students may submit in as many arts categories as they would like, however, only one entry per arts category is allowed.
  • Can More than One Person Create and Submit the Same Entry?
    Only one person can submit each entry. However, more than one person can perform in a dance, music, or film creation, even though one person is the creator/submitting the entry.

  • What is Considered Copyrighted Material Subject to Disqualification?
    An entrant may use copyrighted material in a Reflections® entry as long as that material is not the primary focus of the entry, or if the entrant is not trying to pass off the copyrighted material as his/her own creation. For example, if a photograph is taken where someone is wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, that entry is acceptable as long as the Mickey Mouse character is not the primary focus of the photograph. Even if the entrant takes a photograph of a family with Mickey Mouse at a theme park, that would still be an acceptable photograph if the subject of the photograph is the family and not the Mickey Mouse character. If an entrant creates an entry that includes Mickey Mouse as a primary subject in the artwork, that entry would be infringing on copyrighted material and would be disqualified. If you have any questions about copyrighted material, contact the WSPTA Reflections Chair at

  • I Have a Question Not Answered Here
    Email SMS PTA's Reflections Chair, Sallie McLaughlin, if you have any questions. Sallie will be happy to assist you.