Reflections 2020: I Matter Because…

The Reflections Program is an annual National PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to express themselves using their creative talents through their own original works. Each year has a different theme. The 2020-2021 theme is “I Matter Because…”

Reflections helps kids take risks, be inspired, think creatively, receive positive recognition, and be celebrated for their works of art.  It also allows our community to celebrate creativity in our students! Click here to see last year’s Council-level results Past Reflections Results

This year, like everything else, Reflections is going all-digital. Please read on for details. Questions, contact Danielle Dolbec at Reflections@maywoodhillspta.com

How to Submit

1. Read the student packet for your category

2020-21 Dance Choreography Packet

2020-21 Film Production Packet

2020-21 Literature Packet

2020-21 Music Composition Packet

2020-21 Photography Packet

2020-21 Visual Arts Packet

2020-21 Special Artist Rules

2. Download the entry form

**Maywood Entry Form** Click to download a fillable PDF

Click on the link to download the file. 

Open the file in your browser or Adobe reader

In your browser, after you fill out the form, click “print” and then print to a PDF.

Some browsers may also have a “save as” button.

Do no close or refresh the file until you are done and have printed to a PDF file, or saved it.

You can also print out the PDF, fill it out by hand, and scan it or take a photo of it.  As long as it is readable.

3. Name the form and media files using the correct naming conventions

Please save your digital file as: Category_firstname_lastname_.file extension

For example: Dance_jane_smith.mp4

For the entry form, save it as Entry_firstlastname.pdf

For example: Entry_jane_smith.pdf

4. Upload the form and media files to Dropbox Entry Dropbox


How It Works
The first round is the “Maywood” round. Students will create their work  AND write a short artist statement on the entry form.  Judging looks at the artist statement (50%), creativity (25%) and technique (25%).

From there, we can send up to 20 total submissions across all categories plus 6 special artist submissions to the next round of judging. Those students’ works of art are considered Council Qualifiers and will be celebrated at a district open house in January.  Council will judge the pieces in each category and some pieces will continue onto State PTA for further judging. 

Regardless of where a student places, our PTA will celebrate all Maywood student artists who submit a piece of art for Reflections. Students can submit in 1 or all categories, but only 1 entry per category.

Submitting Entries

NEW this year (due to COVID): Submissions for all entries will be digital. Refer to the Reflections rules for your child’s category, but here is a summary of the accepted file formats for each:

Dance choreography and Film Production: MP4 (preferred) or AVI. Not to exceed 5 min and 1GB.

Music Composition: MP3 or WAV. Not to exceed 5 min and 1GB.

Literature: Hand-written or typed PDF. Not to exceed 2,000 words.

Visual Art: JPEG; JPG; PNG. Take a high quality photo in good lighting.

Photography:  JPEG; JPG; PNG.

Naming convention

Very important, so we know whose entry belongs to who.

Please save your digital file as: Category_firstname_lastname_.file extension

For example: Dance_jane_smith.mp4

For the entry form, save it as Entry_firstlastname.pdf

For example: Entry_jane_smith.pdf

 

Packets

*Make sure to follow the rules for your category. Pieces that are not compliant will not be able to be considered to proceed to the next level of judging.

2020-21 Dance Choreography Packet

2020-21 Film Production Packet

2020-21 Literature Packet

2020-21 Music Composition Packet

2020-21 Photography Packet

2020-21 Visual Arts Packet

2020-21 Special Artist Rules

 

Save the Date!

Council Celebration Open House for all Council qualifiers will be January 9, 2021 at Leota Middle School (location tentative). Please check back for additional information on how we plan to celebrate Northshore artists while also following district and county public health requirements.