Welcome North Dakota Students and Families!
Explore the Arts and Express Yourself!
For over 50 years, National PTA Reflections program has helped students 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.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2020-2021 school year is I Matter Because... Students can 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. 👈Click each for rules!
Note: Some students may also be eligible to enter thru the Special Artist division.
Students are asked to follow their own school PTA's rules on when and how to turn in the entry(s). They may require you to turn it in physically at your school office, or they may have asked you to turn it in digitally via an email or via the student entry portal. They may have set a deadline for mid-January, 2021. You might find these info at your school office or on your school PTA’s website.
If PTA Reflections is not being actively promoted by your school PTA, and you're not able to find any support, you may use this generic Student's Packets (which is How to Enter + Official Rules+ Student Entry Form), and submit your entry via the student entry portal by January 31st, 2021. (Note: You might see "March 1st" mentioned on the portal. That is NOT the correct deadline for our local PTAs to submit. That date is for us at North Dakota PTA to submit state level first place entries to the National PTA... yeah everyone's using the same portal for different things...) If you encounter any problem or have any questions, just contact the North Dakota PTA Reflections chair directly at and we will figure it out together! Generally speaking, any pre-K thru 12 grade student who attends a school in North Dakota that has an active PTA, is qualified to participate in the PTA Reflections program. If there's no PTA at your school or in the case of home schooling, simply join any PTA in North Dakota to become qualified.
Parents and Guardians, it's easy to become a PTA Reflections Chair at your school's PTA! Please volunteer yourself and you'll get all the assistance and training you need. Contact the North Dakota PTA Reflections chair now! (see email on the bottom of this page)
(Winning!) Tips for Students and Families
Families can support their students’ participation by creating time and space for students to work on their entries, providing encouragement and needed materials.
Entries should represent students’ unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression.
Use of copyrighted material (i.e. cartoon character, sports team logos) is prohibited in the literature, music composition, photography and visual arts categories. Use of copyrighted music in dance choreography and film production entries is acceptable when the title, composer and performer of any music in the submission are cited on the student entry form.
Try to participate in not just one, but two - or more - arts categories! It can be as fun and as easy as snapping a photo, writing a short poem/essay and/or drawing a picture.
Judging at the state and national level will be based on:
INTERPRETATION (20 points) -- How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement on the student entry form
CREATIVITY (10 points) -- How creative and original the piece is in it's conception of the theme and it's presentation
TECHNIQUE (10 points) --The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.
State and National Awards
Students may have the opportunities to compete at the state level and national level.
The 2021 North Dakota PTA Reflections Celebration Party "I Matter Because..." will likely take place in Fargo, ND in March or April 2021, according to Covid-19 guidelines at that time. All students whose entries advance to the state-level will be honored. This usually applies to everyone who participates at the school level. Families/guardians of these students are welcome!
(Note: The previous 2020 North Dakota PTA Reflections Celebration Party "Look Within" which were set for April 2020, has been postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19, until we can meet safely indoor. )
First-place winner from each grade division/art category at the state level will advance to the national Level. Winners at the national level will be announced by National PTA in early May, and will be celebrated on June 24– 27, 2021 at the National PTA Convention & Expo in Grapevine, TX (or online depends on the pandemic situation).
So...Let's get started with your creation inspired by the theme
"I Matter Because..."
Need examples? Click videos below to see past national-level winning entries!
Questions? Contact North Dakota State PTA Reflections chair
text or call (701) 429-8742