Reflection in Action: building healthy communities™ is a citywide competition in visual, written, and performing arts, and a day to celebrate healthy living.

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in Boston and Cambridge or attend Boston or Cambridge schools, organizations, after school programs, community programs, or religious institutions.

Visual Art: Painting, Sketches, Photography, Collage, Drawing
Written Art: Poetry, Essay, Short Stories
Performing Art: Skits/Plays, Spoken Word, Dance/Step, Song/Rap, Short Film

Safety, Healthy Eating, Physical Fitness, Health Disparities, Urban Health Issues, Anti-Violence, Oral Health, Public Health, Heart, Lung, Blood and Kidney Diseases, Sleeping Disorders (examples: obesity, asthma, bullying, diabetes, and more).

Contest winners receive cash prizes or gift certificates!
Click here to see contest winners in previous years.

All contest entrants are invited to attend the Reflection in Action celebration at Harvard Medical School. All entrants must pre-register and be accompanied by a teacher, parent or chaperone.

Performance category winners may be invited to perform for the entire audience. Winning visual art and written entries will be displayed, and all contest entrants will be recognized.

Contest Promotional Materials

You can download this year’s promotional material (PDFs) here:



  RIA 2015 Save the Date

  RIA 2015 Student Guide


  RIA 2015 Teacher Guide


  RIA 2015 Contest Entry Form