PTSA Reflections 2016-2017

It is time for Reflections 2016 with this year’s theme being “What is Your Story?”. There are so many categories to choose from when deciding how to be creative with this theme. The categories include Film Production, Dance, Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition and Literature. Please read the information of the category you choose before you submit your entry. This will include complete specifications and the Student Entry form that you need to fill out. The Reflections Program offers local, regional, state and National opportunities for artists to be recognized for their creativity and talents. So,  come on out and share 'Your Story’ with us! Entry, consent forms and guidelines can also be picked up from the front office. If there are any questions you can email Denise Willey at Finally, the deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 23rd (the latest).

Only new and original works of art will be accepted. Enter up to two pieces per the following art categories you qualify for:

Dance Choreography
Film Production
Music Composition
Visual Arts (2D and 3D)
Special Artist (must qualify)

No experience is required to participate in Reflections! Choose the arts category you’re interested in, create an original piece of artwork based on the theme, “What Is Your Story” and be recognized as an artist in our community!

Please read rules prior to submitting your work to ensure all the requirements are met.  The Student Entry Form & the Consent Form (for those students who have other students in their pieces) can be found below the Program Rules. 

In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.


  1. How does your work relate to the theme?
  2. What is your personal connection to the theme?
  3. What did you use to create your work (supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc)?
  4. What/Who was your inspiration?
Judging Criteria

Volunteer arts and education experts review submissions without knowledge of the entrants' identity.  Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

  1. Interpretation-How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
  2. Creativity-How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation
  3. Technique-The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area. 

Visit the art gallery on the national PTA website for examples of national award-winning works.

Program Rules:  2016-2017

2016-17 Photography Rules

2016-17 Special Artist Rules

2016-17 Film Production Rules

2016-17 Music Composition Rules

2016-17 Visual Arts Rules

2016-17 Dance Choreography Rules

2016-17 Literature Rules

2016-17 Full National Packet

2016-17 Student Entry Form

2016-17 Reflections Consent Form


Important Dates

Reflections' Deadlines 2016-2017

November 23, 2016 - Submissions due to individual schools/PTA's/PTSA's                                                          
December 12, 2016- 6:00-9:00 p.m. High School & Middle School chairs turn in Advancing pieces.  Submissions due to Loon Lake Elementary                                        

January 14, 2017 - WLCS District winners announced to chairs and PTSA board via email.  Winning entries will be submitted electronically to the state of Michigan.

February-March 2017- Date TBD-State of Michigan winning entries announced

‚ÄčApril-May 2017 - Date TBD State of Michigan Reflections Celebration

Walled Lake School District
Reflections Celebration:

March 27, 2017
Walnut Creek Middle School
6:30-8:00 PM