PTA Reflections Art Festival and Contest

The below information pertains to Fall 2019.  Updated event information for 2020 is not yet available.


Art Submissions & Entry Forms Due October 14!



Do you enjoy art, music and dance? Perhaps you have an interest in writing, filmmaking or taking photos? Unleash your inner artist with PTA Reflections! The National PTA Reflections Art Program has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. This year’s theme invites students to LOOK WITHIN.

Submission guidelines and entry forms available online below or in the FRONT OFFICE. All forms and artwork due back to the FRONT OFFICE by OCT. 14!

Update: This year, rules have been changed so that artists may submit multiple entries in either multiple categories, or in the same category! 


Visit the Reflections national art gallery for inspiration and to learn more about prizes and scholarships:

Please email Reflections chairs Sorrel Barnard or Jarette Gordon at [email protected] for questions or more information.

 Entry Form and Rules:

Student Packet and Entry Form
Rules – Photography
Rules – Visual Arts
Rules – Music Composition
Rules – Literature
Rules – Special Artist
Rules – Film Production
Rules – Dance Choreography

Parent Judging Panel

Dance Choreography — Alison Smith

Alison has 25 years of experience as a professional dancer and actress working in numerous plays, musicals, television productions and industrials all over the world. She implemented an 8-week dance program with the SPUSD elementary schools and is choreographer for the 5th grade musical, the Middle and High School choirs (including the new Glee program). She is also a Teaching Artist in regional schools for Disney Musicals. Alison feels best when she is inspiring people through dance and expression.

Film Production — Peter McDonnell

Peter McDonnell is a television development executive, producer and writer who has had series on Netflix, Oxygen, Discovery ID, Univision and in national syndication, and was an author and show-runner of a New York Times bestselling audio-series for Audible. He has a BFA in Theater from New York University and an MFA in writing from Oregon State University.

Literature — Sarah Kovatch

Sarah has over 15 years of experience writing and editing for print and online publications. She has written fiction and non-fiction text books for McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and other educational publishing companies. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University where she also taught writing to undergraduates. She is a bookworm at heart and loves to write personal essays.  

Music Composition — Maria Taylor

Maria plays guitar, piano, drums and has toured the world with her band, Azure Ray. In the past 20 years, Maria has released over 13 albums and her songs have appeared in movies and TVs shows including This is Us, Devil Wears Prada, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood and more. She has also recorded or toured with Bright Eyes, Michael Stipe, Daniel Johnston, Joshua Radin, Moby and more. Her latest record drops on 11/11.

Photography — Deborah Cloyed

Deborah is the creator/director of the after school program, Samy’s Camera Photo Camp. Created in 2009, Samy’s Camp has taught thousands of students across Los Angeles. The course teaches fundamental concepts within different fields of photography, culminating in a gallery show of the students’ work. Deborah also runs Samy’s Outreach, serving community members in need. In addition to her work with Samy’s Camera, Deborah has fifteen years experience as a commercial photographer, novelist, and instructor in Los Angeles, DC,  NYC, Kenya, and Honduras. 

Visual Arts — Jayme Mazzochi

For the past 16 years, Jayme has managed her own design business specializing in logos, title graphics, and emojis. She is an art teacher through SPEF’s summer camp and also teaches a weekly after-school art class. Jayme has a BFA with concentrations in graphic design and photography from the University of Michigan and has studied and practiced art her entire life. She is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book. 

**A huge thank you to these talented parents who have agreed to share their experience and expertise as category judges.