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St. Tammany Parish PTA Reflections Contest 

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St. Tammany Parish PTA is participating in the National PTA's Reflections program. This program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

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.

 

The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is "I Matter Because...." Students submit their completed works of art in one or all the arts categories: Dance Choreography, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts. Specific guidelines for each category are listed below.

RULES FOR PARTICIPATION:

Students may enter in one or more arts categories. Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme “I Matter because...” may be submitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.  Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for background music in dance choreography and film production entries when cited on the Student Entry Form. More specific details and forms are available at www.louisianapta.com/reflections OR www.pta.org.

 

The Student Entry Form and Consent Form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian who is a member of the school’s PTA. 

ARTS CATEGORIES:

  • Dance Choreography: Accepted styles include ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz, and tap. Choreographer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Video recording must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, QuickTime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v) and must be saved to a labeled USB. Click here from more specific rules and guidelines.

  • Film Production: Accepted forms include animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all storyboarding and editing. Video recording must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, QuickTime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v) and must be saved to a labeled USB. Click here from more specific rules and guidelines.

 

  • Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include prose, poetry, drama (screenplay and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story. Entry must not exceed 2,000 words and must be handwritten or typed, one side only. Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own language. An interpretive translation in English must accompany the entry. Accepted formats include single-sided print on 8 ½ x 11 paper scanned in PDF (.pdf) file format or saved as a Word document. Click here from more specific rules and guidelines.

 

  • Music Composition: All instruments, sounds, styles, and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be a performer. Notation, score, or tablature is required for middle and high school division. Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes. Accepted file formats include MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC formats and must be saved to a labeled USB. Music videos are not accepted. Click here from more specific rules and guidelines.

 

  • Photography: Accepted forms of photography include a single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich, or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. The high-resolution digital photo must be saved on a USB (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp). Click here from more specific rules and guidelines.

 

  • Visual Arts: Accepted forms include architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted),  computer-generated images, crafts, designs, dioramas, drawings, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. Framed entries not accepted. Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material and 3D works must include packaging materials and 3 high resolution photos saved to a USB for judging and ID purposes. Click here from more specific rules and guidelines.

Special Artist Eligibility- The National PTA Special Artist Division is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program. The Special Artist Division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure that every student has the chance to be part of the National PTA Reflections® program. Click here for more information.

 

JUDGING: 

All entries are judged on three criteria: 

1. Interpretation of Theme - 20 points

2. Creativity – 10 points  

3. Technique – 10 points 

Every participant will receive a certificate.  If your student’s submission is chosen to be sent to the district level, a note will be sent home with your student. Winners at the district level will have the opportunity to move on to
the state and national level. National winners are announced in May.


DEADLINE: DECEMBER 11, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact the Lancaster Elementary PTA Awards Chairperson:

Deborah Howard

grants.lespta@gmail.com

504-621-7032

 

Thank you and good luck!