Barton Pond is participating in the National PTA Reflections program. Students in K through 5th grade, and a special artist division, are invited to create theme-based artwork in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. Submission due date is October 15, 2023.

This year's theme is I am hopeful because...

Students must submit (1) their completed work of art that falls within these 6 different categories, or as a special artist, along with (2) an artist statement, to our PTA by October 15, 2023. Completed pieces will be judged and the top 2 winners from each category will move on to Wake PTA's contest.

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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 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4 or AVI  format. 

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 minutes in length and  1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4 or AVI format. 

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 recording  must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size. Accepted audio file  formats include: MP3 and WAV. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high  school divisions.  


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, and PNG. 

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. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG. 

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.

Official Rules

By submitting an artwork to the “National PTA Reflections Program,” entrants accept and agree to be  bound by the official rules for participation as well as the entry requirements for their specific arts category  and division. Additional state program requirements may apply. Any violation of these rules may, at PTA’s  discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the reviewers regarding this program are final and  binding in all respects. (The “PTA” referred to in these rules include all PTAs reviewing the submission). 

1. ELIGIBILITY. Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA. Each student’s eligibility is determined by the  state and local PTA/PTSA. A student may develop an entry inside or outside of school. 

2. ARTS CATEGORIES. There are six arts categories—dance choreography, film production, literature, music  composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections Program in one or more  arts categories. See each arts category rules for additional entry requirements. 

3. GRADE DIVISIONS. Students may enter in the appropriate division for their grade (Primary: Preschool-Grade 2;  Intermediate: Grades 3-5; Middle School: Grades 6-8; High School: Grades 9-12; Special Artist: All grades welcome).  

The Special Artist Division welcomes students from all grades and abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations  (e.g. adaptive technology; transcribing; holding a camera) for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections.  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. 

4. HOW TO ENTER. Entrants must submit their artwork and student entry form to their local PTA/PTSA program  according to local and state PTA procedures. Entrants must follow requirements and instructions specific to each  arts category and division. Contact local PTA programs for deadlines and additional information.  

5. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. (All participants must also follow arts category and if applicable, Special Artist Division  rules) 

6. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. Entries are reviewed at local, regional, state and national levels.  Each PTA determines its own reviewers for the program. Entries will be reviewed primarily on how well the  student uses their artistic vision to portray the theme, their originality and creativity. The National PTA Reflections®  program makes no restrictions on content or subject matter in artwork submitted by the local, regional or state  levels. National PTA reserves the right to use its sole discretion in selecting the submissions to be recognized at  the national level. Under no condition may parents or students contact a reviewer to dispute the status/score of  any entry. Each PTA in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition and provide awards/prizes. Awards are  announced per local and state procedures. National awards and events are announced May 1, 2021 at Reflections.  

7. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry  into this program constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that PTA may display, copy, reproduce,  enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for PTA purposes. PTA is not responsible  for lost or damaged entries. Submission of entry into the PTA Reflections program constitutes acceptance of all  rules and conditions. 

8. PARTICIPATING ENTITIES. This program is administered by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and PTA  affiliates. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program.