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National PTA Reflections Art Contest

The Reflections Theme for 2022 – 2023 is “SHOW YOUR VOICE”.

The National PTA Reflections program is the PTA’s cornerstone arts contest created to provide Staples High School students with an opportunity for creative expression and positive recognition of their artistic abilities. The Reflections program inspires students to reflect upon and interpret a specific theme, and to create original artwork in one of these six categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. You may enter more than one category.

Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. The judging criteria are:

  • Artistic Merit/Creativity
  • Mastery of the Medium
  • Interpretation of the Theme (this carries more weight than the other 2 criteria). The Artist’s Statement on the application reflects this and is very important.

As students’ artwork advances through the program, judges evaluate and award student entries on a school PTA, State of CT PTA, and National PTA basis.  Following the announcement  of the National PTA winners, the State of CT PTA provides a celebration for the State of CT winners. 

For individual category guidelines and a student entry pack, visit the CT PTA site at

Currently entries and questions may be submitted electronically through the SHS Reflections Co-Chair.   The deadline for submissions to the SHS PTA is  December 2022.