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Reflections Arts Program

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself

National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The 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.

Submitted by Jason Yevin, from Salk/Macarthur PTSA in New York, the 2022-2023 Reflections theme is Show Your Voice! 

Register Your Participation

Register for the 2022-2023 Reflections program to let National PTA know you are participating in the program through your PTA. Your registration helps National PTA show the reach and impact of the program.

Please note: Due to the large volume of registrants, you will not receive an email confirmation. 

Reflections 2022-2023 Theme: 
Show Your Voice! 

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Arts Categories

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.

Dance Choreography

Dance Choreography


Film

Film Production


Literature

Literature


Music

Music Composition


Photography

Photography


Visual Arts

Visual Arts



Arts Divisions

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.*

 

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.   



Get Inspired by Reflections

Watch and Learn

Watch this short Reflections introduction video to learn the basics of the program. Use #PTAReflections to share this video and get your school community excited about Reflections!

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. Visit our awards page for information about and artwork from our national winners.  



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.

Enjoy the program's timeline and share your experience with Reflections using #PTAReflections!




Questions?Questions?

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



Reflections Navigation


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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