Reflections Arts Program

View, hear, read, and watch all of Carlmont’s amazing 20/21 Reflections Arts Contest submissions and see why Carlmont performed so successfully at every level of this national program!

For the first time ever, Carlmont artists competed in every category of the contest – dance choreography, film, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts!

Congratulations to the Carlmont winners!

  • Alice Finkelstein – Dance Choreography
  • Jackson Gibbs – Film
  • Victoria Lehman – Literature
  • Alyse Murray – Music Composition
  • Alex Lumish – Photography
  • Sanjna Sood – Visual Arts

THREE of Carlmont’s winners went on to win their categories for District 17!

  • Alice Finkelstein – Dance Choreography
  • Victoria Lehman – Literature
  • Sanjna Sood – Visual Arts

TWO of Carlmont’s winners went on to win their categories for the State of California! So just to be clear, 6 high school students from California went on to compete at the National level and TWO of those 6 students were from Carlmont!

  • Alice Finkelstein – Dance Choreography
  • Victoria Lehman – Literature

And finally at the National Level of the PTA Reflections Arts Contest, Alice Finkelstein won an Award of Merit for her Dance Choreography!

Please join us at the
May 25th PTSA Meeting at 7:00pm
to celebrate ALL of the Carlmont artists
who participated in this year’s
PTA Reflections Arts Contest! 

The theme for next year’s PTA Reflections Arts Contest is out! Submissions will be due next November, so spend this summer creating!

The PTA Reflections Arts Program provides an opportunity for student creative work, inspired by a designated theme, to be recognized at the local, district, state, and national levels.

Students may submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts

For any questions, please contact Mandy Gibbs



All work should be specifically created for this competition with this theme.

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are recognized, celebrated and judged by four grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. Participants will receive a certificate of participation and a printed booklet of the writing and imagery of the show.  A copy of this booklet and a show of the artwork and literature will go in the school library.  A reception will be held after the new year, where videos and music will be on view as well.  

School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round. Please review general entry rules.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at the convention
  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to the convention.

Important Links

1. Entry Form:

2. General Rules and Guidelines:

3. Rules for Each Category:

4. Information about Reflections Program:

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