Information for 2020/2021 Reflections 


PTA’S REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM BRINGS ART TO LIFE ACROSS THE NATION
Five decades. Ten million students. And you!

Reflections Theme


“I Matter Because…”
That’s the theme for the 2020-21 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And the New Hampshire State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Each year our Hampstead schools participate in this art competition/program. Reflections encourages students to:
  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art
Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to New Hampshire State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent New Hampshire in the final National PTA judging round.

Call for entries is open! The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday, December 4th. Downloadable Student Entry Form  

FAQs
Q. What are the available categories?
A. Students may enter one or more of the following categories:
Visual Arts
Dance Choreography
Film Production
Literature
Music Composition
Photography

Q. How does my student enter?
A. The Official entry forms will be printed and distributed to HCS students, or you can access them via the "Downloadable Student Entry Form" below. HMS students will have access to this through the art teacher. All students/parents can access the form here  Downloadable Student Entry Form 

Q. What are the rules for each category?
A. Details about each category are noted below. HCS student rules with submission details are in this form. HCS Rules to Enter 
HMS student rules with submission details are in this form. HMS Rules to Enter 

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. 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. Visual Arts Rules

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. Submit CD/DVD/USB Drive in 9X12 inch envelope with Student Entry Form in page protector taped to envelope.

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. Submit CD/DVD or USB Drive in 9X12 inch envelope with Student Entry Form in page protector taped to envelope. Film Rules

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 and pdf file in a 9X12 envelope or page protector. Literature Rules

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/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle school. Submit CD/DVD/USB Drive in 9X12 inch envelope with Student Entry Form in page protector taped to envelope. Notation should be single-sided print on 8 ½ X 11 paper. Music Rules

Photography: Photo 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. Photography Rules

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. See Official Rules for details.


Q. What happens if my child wins at the local level in Hampstead? 
A: They will have their entry presented at the NH State Competition for scoring in March. The date is March 10, 2021. 

Q. What happens if my child's entry places at the state competition? Do they win anything?
A: They will have their entry sent to the national level. They will also earn a spot at the NH State Convention the following year to be recognized during the luncheon in November. 

Q. What happens if my child wins at national level? What do they receive? 
A: Of the national-level submissions, over 200 student Reflections participants will receive the following awards from National PTA:
  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition 
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit
https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections/awards