Reflections showcases students’ creative thoughts on diversity

January 17, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

These artworks were among the local works chosen to go on to the state level Reflections competition. This year’s national contest revolved around the theme ‘Diversity means…’ By Tom Corrigan

All in all, there were 247 examples of student creativity on display, according to Theora Dalupan, a member of the Issaquah School District PTSA Council board of directors.

Dalupan helped organize, and the district PTSA sponsored, the annual Reflections art show and reception the evening of Jan. 10 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Reflections is a yearly, nationwide PTSA art contest centered around a specific theme, which this year was “Diversity means…”

The work on display at Pacific Cascade represented the best entries from each district school, up to 12 per building.

“There’s some very creative ideas out there,” Dalupan said regarding the entries, which ran the spectrum from paintings and drawings to creative writing to musical pieces. Dalupan said there were also two short film entries.

Walking around the display at Pacific Cascade, one saw plenty of visual art with animal or nature themes in common. Plenty of creations had representations of people of all colors and ethnicities. Rainbows were another common symbol.

Isha Jodh, 11, of Discovery Elementary School, was actually looking at some of the literary submissions with her mother, Deepali Jodh.

“Diversity is important because without diversity it would be completely boring,” Isha said, adding the world is interesting because of the different types of trees and flowers, but especially different types of people.

“I just wanted to show diversity in nature,” said Saamiya Alam, 8, of Cascade Ridge Elementary School, as she pointed out her painting of flowers, trees and so on. Her friend Megha Pingili, also 8, of Cascade Ridge, said she wanted to show diversity among animals and her creation featured numerous types of animal life.

At the front of the display area, a screen showed projected images of all of the visual entries that made it to the district show. One entry was a photo of a white-haired man with a sign reading “Old Hippies Need Love, Too.”

“We get a lot of variety,” Dalupan said.

All in all, 42 entries were chosen to represent the Issaquah School District at the state level of the Reflections contest. Those works included 24 pieces of visual arts encompassing nine photographs. There were 10 creative writing or literature pieces that made the state competition along with six musical entries, one film and one videotaped dance performance. State winners will be announced in mid-February, Dalupan said, adding that the Issaquah district had two entries reach the national competition last year.

“You can see kids put a lot of thought into this,” she said.

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