Calling CJMS Artists!
Here is your chance to explore your artistic talents.
The PTA Reflections Program is BACK!
Deadline: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

What is the PTA Reflection program?
PTA’s Reflections is a nationwide art program which provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 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.

What is the Student-Selected Theme this year?
The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because….

What art categories can students utilize?
Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Is there a limit on the number of entries students can submit?
No, there is no limit and students can create works of art across multiple art categories.

How is Reflections working this year due to Covid and distance-learning restrictions?
This program is being run completely virtually across Maryland right now. Even the state has not determined when or if they will collect artwork at the beginning of 2021.  We do ask for your flexibility as processes may change.

What are the steps for submitting my entry?
1.  Reflect on this year’s theme, I Matter Because….
2.  Select your art category and read and follow Summary of Rules
3.  Create your artwork
4.  Fill out the Student Entry Form
5.  Create the appropriate digital format for the art to be emailed (literature = PDF, visual art or photography = JPEG, film or dance = MP4)
6.  By Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Email Jen Barlow your (a) Student Entry Form and (b) digital artwork file (if the file is too large to send, email me and I will send you a dropbox link).

What happens after I submit my entry?
Only 3 entries per category and grade division can move on to the Montgomery County PTA level (and from there State then National level), so if there are more than 3 entries an independent judge will determine which entries move forward.

In early December a virtual art show and award ceremony will take place to celebrate all the students and their entries (more details to come).

Should I keep my artwork after I turn it in digitally?
Yes!  Normally the artwork moving to the county and state levels is physically collected.  Due to coronavirus it is not currently being collected but this could always change as the state accesses risk and procedures. 

Summary of Rules
Student Entry Form