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Reflections – Awards & Events

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program offers local, regional, state and national opportunities for young artists in PreK through Grade 12 to be recognized for their creativity. We are proud to present our nation's best Reflections in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts.

2017 National Awards: What Is Your Story?

During the 2016-2017 school year, tens of thousands of students across the country and in U.S. schools overseas contributed their original works to be considered for PTA’s highest honor in the arts. A panel of arts and education experts juried 1,042 national level submissions, selecting 206 works to be exhibited. View the virtual gallery and awards celebration highlights below.

Upcoming Exhibition

The National PTA Reflections Student Arts Showcase and Exhibition Opening will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. 

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About National Awards and Prizes

Each year, 1,000 student submissions are reviewed at the national level by arts and education experts. Our judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

Prizes for Students and PTAs

Outstanding Interpretation Awards: 1 per arts category and special artist division.

  • An expense-paid trip for student honoree and one adult to showcase work at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration
  • $800 Young Artist Scholarship
  • Gold medal and certificate
  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery
  • $200 Outstanding Local PTA Award

Awards of Excellence: 3 per division of each arts category and 1 special artist of each arts area.

  • $200 Young Artist Scholarship
  • Silver medal and certificate
  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

Awards of Merit: 5 per grade division of each arts category

  • Bronze medal and certificate
  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

Learn more about State PTA awards and prizes.

Questions? Email Reflections@PTA.org or call (800) 307-4782.

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Proud Sponsors of National PTA’s Reflections Program

Park West Foundation

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