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Reflections Arts Program

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself

National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition in and access to the arts which boosts 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 theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because.... 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.

Let us know you're participating in Reflections! National PTA encourages participants, of all levels, to complete this form and register for the Reflections information. Register here!  

Celebrating 50+ Years of Reflections

Explore the last 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.

Share your experience with Reflections using #PTAReflections!

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 annually at National PTA's Convention & Expo in June. National PTA then collects and curates the traveling exhibit for the next year. To learn more, visit our Awards Page.

This Year's Theme is I Matter Because...

Watch this Call for Entries video and share it on your social media. Check out more social sharables for promotion.

I Matter Because...

Arts Categories

Dance Choreography

Dance Choreography


Film Production




Music Composition



Visual Arts

Visual Arts

How to Participate

Local PTA

Individuals Register and Connect with Local PTAs

Students or parents interested in participating in the Reflections program should begin by connecting with their Local PTAs. Don’t know how to contact your Local PTA? Use our PTA Local Unit Lookup.

State PTA

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. Contact information for State PTA Reflections Programs can be found here

*If your State PTA does not have specific program guidelines, please reach out to the State PTA office and refer to our selection Reflections Tools.*

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 programs. Student winners from the State PTA level have the opportunity to advance to the national level for recognition and awards.   


Contact your State PTA Reflections Program, your State PTA or email

Start Your Program


Register by Feb. 1, 2020 and find tools to run your Local PTA's Reflections program.

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

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ArtsEd Resources


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

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