• 2017-18 PTA Reflections Program

    PTA Reflections

    Deadline: Projects are due to the EMES School office by Friday, November 17, 2017

    The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program that asks children to get creative! Students are invited to create works of art in any of six different categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year. The six arts categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

    The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is "Within Reach".

    There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504. See "Rules" below.

    Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as the like. Only original works of art are accepted. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home. Once judged at the local level, the winners advance to the council/district level for judging. Council/district level winners then advance to the regional level. Regional level winners advance to the state level. State level winners advance to the National level.

    2017-2018 Rules

    Please carefully read the General Rules as well as the rules for the specific arts area of your project. Failure to submit a proper entry form or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.

    Entry Form

    Each project submission must include an official entry form.


    1. November 17 - Projects due to the Evergreen Mill Office
    2. December 1 - Select entries advance to Hunt District Level
    3. February 28th - District Awards Ceremony - Loudoun County
    4. May 2018 - State Awards Ceremony - Richmond, VA
    5. June 21-24, 2018 - National Awards Ceremony - New Orleans, LA


    Need more info? Contact Cecile Burton - chi2cecile [at] gmail [.] com

    Artist FAQ

    Can I submit more than one project?
    Absolutely! Students may submit as many projects as they like, in as many categories as they like.
    Can I submit a project with a partner or team?
    No. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student's work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student's individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.
    Can my parents help with my project?
    No. See answer to question above.
    Do I have to wrie an "artist's statement"?
    Yes. This is required for each entry. Qualifying entries must include a project title and artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.
    What is the judging criteria for projects advancing to the next level?
    • Interpretation - How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. (The artist statement - which is part of the Entry Form - is very important!).
    • Creativity - How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
    • Technique - The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.