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Reflections Arts Program

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself

National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. 

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.*

Let National PTA know you are participating in the Reflections program! Your registration assists us in showing its reach and impact.

Arts Categories

Dance Choreography

Dance Choreography


Film

Film Production


Literature

Literature


Music

Music Composition


Photography

Photography


Visual Arts

Visual Arts




This Year's Theme is I Will Change the World By...


The annual Reflections theme is created by a student and selected two years in advance through our annual theme search contest. The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By… submitted by Lydia Keel from Spanish Fork Junior High School PTSA in Utah.

I Will Change the World By


Celebrating 50+ Years of Reflections

Explore 50 years of the Reflections program and learn about the impact Reflections has had on students, families, and communities since the program was founded in 1969.

Learn more about the program's timeline and share your experience with Reflections using #PTAReflections!

Reflections 50th Anniversary



From Art to Exhibit

Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated throughout the following year, starting at National PTA's Convention in June. Visit our awards page for information about and artwork from our national winners.





How to Participate


Local PTAs

Individuals Register and Connect with Local PTAs


Students or parents interested in participating in the Reflections program should begin by connecting with their Local PTA. Find your local PTA with our PTA Local Unit Lookup.




State PTAs

Local PTAs Register and Follow State PTA Guidelines


PTAs looking to host a Reflections program should begin by reaching out to their State PTA. As Reflections is a state-run program, Local, District, Region and Council PTAs should implement the program based upon the specific forms, deadlines and guidelines which are required by their State PTA. View State PTA Reflections Programs contact information.




National PTA

State PTAs Register and Connect with National PTA


State PTA Reflections leaders should reach out to National PTA to become part of the State Reflections Network to support their Local, District, Region and Council PTAs through the Reflections program. Student winners from the State PTA level have the opportunity to advance to the national level for recognition and awards.   



Questions?Questions?

Contact your State PTA Reflections Program, your State PTA or email Info@PTA.org.



Reflections Navigation


Register by Feb. 1, 2022 and find tools to run your Local PTA's Reflections program.

Learn about our winners, events and exhibits and see what you can win!

Apply for a grant and use our toolkit to advocate for arts education.



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