Reflections Art Contest

PTA Reflections is a national arts contest that encourages students from Pre-K through 12th grade to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Each year, MVCS students are encouraged to participate in this celebration of our students’ artistry and achievement in the arts. We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Reflections Contest. This year’s theme: “Within Reach” “Al alcance”

Prizes will be awarded at the school, city, Northern Virginia and state levels. MVCS students can participate in the Primary (preK-grade 2) and Intermediate (grades 3-5) and Special Artist contest divisions.

Important Dates:

  • The Reflections program will be introduced at the MVCS PTA Ice Cream Social at the MVCS Uhler side Playground on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Reflections Project Wrap-Up Night is October 20, 2017
  • Contest entries are due October 23, 2017

What is the Reflections Art Contest?

The Reflections contest is part of the National PTA arts recognition program for individual students to create art based on common theme. There are six categories:

  • Dance choreography
  • Film production
  • Literature
  • Music composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

MVCS students can create work for the contest:

  • At home
  • At school
  • At Reflections Project Wrap-Up Night (to be held October 20, 2017)

Students can enter multiple times in one or more categories. Each entry must be the creative work of a single student (no group entries allowed); however, others can participate in the performance of the work.

How to Enter:

Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, including the artist statement explaining how the work is related to “Within Reach”/“Al alcance”. Entry forms and rules can also be found in the school lobby near the Alexandria Book Shelf.

Download and complete an MVCS entry form: English | Español

Entries may be placed in the plastic Reflections box in the school lobby. The submission deadline is October 23, 2017.

PTA Reflections Rules For Students:

General Participation Rules: English | Español
Special Artists Division Rules: English
Details on the Six Arts Categories


Contest entries are judged using National PTA guidelines. Professionals with no affiliation to MVCS conduct blind judging in all seven categories. Judges follow the National PTA Rubric, requiring Interpretation of Theme to factor as half the total score, based on the artwork itself and artist statement. Creativity and Technique make up the other half.

Questions? Email Lee Raynes at

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