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Give students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts.

Enroll your school in the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections Student Arts Awards.


Access your leader's toolkit below for everything you need to host a successful program.

State Programs

PTA affiliates host Reflections as part of the national awards program. State PTAs administer the awards at the local, regional and state levels. Each level will have important information about the awards in your area, including program forms, guidelines and deadlines. Visit your Reflections State Program for details.

Student Entry Portal

Offer students opportunities for state and national recognition. Be sure to follow your state program guidelines on how and when to use the National PTA Reflections Student Entry Portal

Reflections Toolkit

Get all the info, tools and resources you need to take your 2017-18 program to the next level.


Step 1: Getting Started

Visit your state program for official materials and special deadlines. Take the eLearning course and program leader checklist to walk through the steps below and gather helpful tips on how to host a successful program. Use the volunteer sign-up sheet to recruit support.

Step 2: Promote Your Program

Announce your call for entries and share your state program entry form and official entry rules. Display the 16-17 Call for Entries Poster (En Espanol) around your school and post the 16-17 Social Media Banner on Facebook and Twitter. Download these program images to create your own fliers, bulletin boards and more.

Step 3: Organize Artwork for Judging

Collect and organize entries by category and division. Share this reviewer's packet with your judges and provide them with the student's work, title of work and artist statement. At the end of their review, rank entries and assign awards. Award levels may include Excellence, Merit and Honorable Mention.

Step 4: Celebrate Your Participants

Announce your awardees in a press release and showcase works for the entire school community to enjoy. Use the celebration guide to help you plan your awards ceremony, exhibition, talent showcase, reception and more! Print certificates for students and share the media advisory to promote your event.

Follow state program guidelines and deadlines to offer students' opportunities for regional, state and national awards and recognition.

Step 5: Wrap Up and Report Success

Complete a short survey to report your success and feedback. Use volunteer thank-you letter to thank school staff, community partners, judges and volunteers.

Proud Sponsors of National PTA’s Reflections Program

Park West Foundation