2022-2023 Reflections Contest

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself... 

Thank you for your submissions! The Reflections Contest is now closed for this school year.

Please join us for the Reflections Awards Ceremony on February 23rd, 2023, where we will annouce this year's winners!

Reflections is a creative arts recognition program sponsored by the PTA on the local, state, and national levels, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 nationwide create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them 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 in school and in life.

This year's theme is: SHOW YOUR VOICE!This year's theme is Show Your Voice!

Reflections encourages students of all ages 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.

All students are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade:

  • Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2),
  • Intermediate (Grades 3-5), or
  • Special Artist (All grades welcome). 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.

Steps to Enter Edison PTA's 2022-2023 Reflections Contest

This year, entries can be submitted digitally, online OR in-person to Edison's Front Office. However, digital online submissions are preferred. To submit your entry, follow these instructions:

  1. Download and review the Official Edison PTA Student Entry Packet. In it you will find official rules, category guidelines, and directions on how to submit your entry.
  2. Decide in which category you will create your Artwork. Categories are: Dance Choreography, Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Arts, and the Special Artist Division
    Official Category Guidelines are contained in the Official Edison PTA Student Entry Packet. (You may submit multiple entries, up to one for each category).
  3. Create your Artwork!! Be sure to follow the rules from the Entry Form and Category Guidelines.
  4. If submitting digitally online, take pictures, scan your work, and create your digital files. (Please keep hard copies of your artwork for display if selected for State or National competition levels.)
  5. Fill out the Official Entry Form. If submitting online, go to the digital submission form. Be sure to upload all artwork files.
    If submitting in-person, print out and fill out the 2-page form from the Student Entry Packet (pages 2 and 3).
  6. Submit your entry by Monday, October 24th, 2022 (either digitally, online OR in-person to Edison's Front Office)! Your entry is not complete unless an Official Entry Form is turned in with your artwork to the Edison Front Office OR unless all necessary files are attached to the online submission form by the deadline.

Entry Requirements

  • All participants must follow Arts Category Submission Guidelines and if applicable, Special Artist Division rules.
  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted. 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 the specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.
  • Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an 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.
  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for background music in dance choreography and film production entries. If used in dance choreography and film production entries, background music must be cited on the entry form. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. Use of PowerPoint templates are prohibited.

If you have any questions regarding this year's Reflections Contest, please contact Carissa Baumhart at: baumhart.carissa@edisonelementarypta.org


(Page updated 10/24/22)