Within Reach

    Reflections Art Program

     REFLECT on the theme. CREATE art. BE RECOGNIZED! 

    PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program
    to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. 
     2017-2018 theme: "Within Reach"
    Artwork due to JFK PTSA on October 23, 2017 


    Create an Original Work

    Reflect on the theme: Within Reach and get creative! Only new and original works inspired by the theme will be accepted. 

    Choose an Arts Category
    This is your chance to express who you are as an individual through one or more of the following:
    Dance Choreography
     Dance Choreography
    Film Production
     Film Production
    Music Composition
     Music Composition
    Visual Arts  Visual Arts

    Submit Your Entry

    Follow JFK PTSA deadlines and instructions on how to enter. Guidelines and forms are available below. Your submission must include a completed and signed entry form. 

    In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.

    • How does your work relate to the theme?
    • What is your personal connection to the theme?
    • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)? 
    • What/Who was your inspiration?


    Win Awards and Prizes!

    Be considered for local, regional, state and national level awards and prizes. Learn more about state-level and national-level awards and events.

    Review Criteria

    • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
    • 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.



    Official Rules 




    2017 Entry Form



    Summary of Rules for Participation  

    Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing and may enter in one or more arts categories. Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for background music in dance choreography and film production entries when cited. Entries will be judged on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity. 


    Dance Choreography. Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.




    Film Production. Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.


    Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11” paper, PDF file.


    Music Composition
    Music Composition. All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. Notation (score/tabulature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions. 


    PhotographyPhoto must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG.


    Visual Arts
     Visual Arts. Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes.
    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. The Special Artist Division welcomes all grades and all abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations (e.g. adaptive technology; transcribing; holding a camera) for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Student assistants must refrain from being involved in the artistic process (e.g. developing an artist statement, choreography, music lyrics, storyboards, etc. Student recognition and awards are announced as part of the Special Artist Division.