FWES Reflections 2023-24

Deadline for submission entries entries will be October 13th, 2023

What is Reflections?

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for PreK-12th grade students. It offers students an opportunity to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme.  

Official rules can be found here.


The contest begins at the school level. FWES students enter in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-2nd), Intermediate (3rd -5th) or Special Artist (ECS). First Place winners will move up to County level competition, then potentially to State and Nationals!

The 2023–2024 Reflections Contest theme is I AM HOPEFUL BECAUSE   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

Each entry must have a title and be accompanied by an artist statement (between 10-100 words). The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The artist's statement carries a lot of weight in the judging process, so write carefully!


Enter as many pieces in as many categories as you want! Click each category below to view the rules specific to each one. Be sure you read the rules for any category you want to enter before you create your piece and follow all the rules to avoid disqualification. Please click on any category to get a category specific rules document. Official rules can be found here.

Visual artsArchitecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiberwork, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. 
LiteratureProse, Poetry, Drama, Reflective essay, Narrative, Shortstory.
Dance ChoreographyBallet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Folk Dance, Religious Dance, Dance Ensembles (color guard/indoor guard), Ice Skating/Dancing and Gymnastics-floor Routine.
Film ProductionAnimation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer.
Music CompositionA Cappella, Blues, Choral, Country, Electronic, Hip hop, Jazz, Latin, Musical, Orchestral, Pop, R&B, Religious, Rock, Symphonic/Concert Band and Traditional.


A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted
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.

The Special Artist Division welcomes students from all grades and abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Awards are announced as part of the Special Artist Division.

Contact PTA Reflections chair at reflections@fwespta.org for more questions.