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Reflections Arts Program

Everything Your State Needs for Reflections

Welcome to the State PTA Reflections Library, a resource for state PTA Reflections leaders who are hosting National PTA's Reflections program.

On this page, you will find template program materials for your state's Reflections program, training materials, information on our State Reflections Network, a calendar with important dates and links to resources from our arts partners.

As a state-run program, State PTA Reflections leaders are expected to develop and implement the Reflections program for Local, District, Region and Council PTAs. For specific roles and responsibilities, download the State PTA Leader's Guide.

As a first step, please register to let National PTA know you are participating and show our reach! PTAs at all levels are encouraged to register and share their involvement in the program.

Register your State PTA in the 2019-2020 Reflections program and post this registration link to your State Reflections Website to encourage ALL PTAs to participate.

Look Within Theme

Look Within is the 2019-2020 Theme

Student Entry Portal

The National PTA Reflections Student Entry Portal is a tool you can use to manage student entries. Your State PTA may use this portal or any other platform to collect Reflections entries from Local, District and/or Council PTAs. However, when submitting entries to the national level State PTAs must use our Student Entry Portal.  

If your State PTA chooses to use the National PTA Reflections Student Entry Portal for all levels of state submissions, it is the State PTA's responsibility to provide local units access and directions for use. Feel free to use the Student Entry Portal Guide (.doc) to train Local PTA units in using the Student Entry Portal.

State Reflections Network

Get Connected!

Join National PTA and fellow State Reflections leaders by opting into our growing State Reflections Network! The State Reflections Network provides members shared learning opportunities and the latest updates and reminders from National PTA.

Enroll here to get connected!

State Reflections Network Meetings

Members of our State Reflections Chair Network are encouraged to join these meetings to share and receive helpful information throughout the Reflections program.The webinars and recorded conversations will be posted back to this site.

You can join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone or dial into the meeting Toll Free using the access codes provided. If you have never used GoToMeeting before, do a quick systems check to ensure your access to the meeting. 

More details coming soon! 


April 2019

April 1, 2019 - Mary Lou Anderson ArtsEd Grant Opens

These matching grants increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or under-served audiences. For more information, check out

April State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our April newsletter here.  

May 2019

May 1, 2019 - 
National Awards Announced
After national-level review by nearly 50 esteemed arts professionals across the country, over 200 national awardees receive designation from National PTA. Stay tuned on May 1 to hear who will be named National Awardees for the Reflections program year: Heroes Around Me

May State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our May newsletter here.  

June 2019

June 20 – 23, 2019 - National PTA Convention & Expo 
We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Reflections and our amazing student winners at the 2019 National PTA Convention in Columbus, OH. Register here.

June 30, 2019 - Mary Lou Anderson ArtsEd Grant Closes
For more information, check out

July 2019

Jul. 17, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting 
Join us to learn how you can launch your Reflections program year with success!

August 2019

Aug. 27, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting 
Join us to learn how you can support local Reflections program participation!  

September 2019

September 8-14, 2019 - National Arts in Education Week
Encourage Local PTAs to REGISTER and start their Reflections programs during National Arts in Education Week. Have fun announcing this year's theme, Look Within. Also, remember to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!

September 19, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting
Join us to learn how you can support and participate in National Arts and Humanities Month in October!

October 2019

National Arts and Humanities Month

Encourage Local PTAs to host opportunities for ALL students to participate in Reflections. Also, remember to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!

October 1, 2019 - Annual Theme Search Contest
Launch your call for student theme submissions to select the 2021-2022 Reflections theme. Learn more about our annual Theme Search Contest below.

November 2019 

November 19, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting

Join us to learn how to prepare for state level judging.

December 2019

December 1, 2019 - 
National Deadline for Theme Search Submissions
Each state may submit up to five themes to the annual Theme Search Contest. Email submissions to

January 2020 

National PTA Reflections Student Arts Showcase and Exhibit (Date TBD) 
The national winners for the 2018-2019 Reflections program year Heroes Around Me, along with their families, are invited to attend the annual exhibition in Washington, DC. Tune into our PTA Live and consider hosting a watch party to celebrate these amazing students!

January 27, 2020 - State Reflections Network Meeting
Join us to learn how to submit state winners to national level.

February 2020

February 1, 2020 - National PTA Registration Closes

PTAs at all levels (Local, Council, Region, District and State) are encouraged to REGISTER for Reflections at by February 1. While optional, PTAs that register are helping to show the wide reach of the Reflections program. Last year, we registered over 5,000 PTAs. Together, let’s beat that number this year! Please consider posting the REGISTRATION LINK to your state Reflections website.

March 2020

March 1, 2020 - National Deadline for Reflections Submissions
Submit up to 30 entries to the national level using the Student Entry Portal. For details, please refer to your State Leader's Guide.

Annual Theme Search Contest

Students can participate in the annual Theme Search Contest according to State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. Every year, one winning student's theme is selected by a team of National PTA volunteers. The student winner receives $100 and recognition in National PTA's awards celebration program booklet. Use the Theme Search Template to encourage your Local PTAs to participate.

Look Within is the winning theme for the 2019-2020 program year, submitted by Enashele Campbell, a Kindergartner from H. Guy Child Elementary PTA in Ogden, UT!

Congratulations to the winner of our 2020-2021 annual Theme Search Contest, Rylee Stier, a 1st Grader from Burney Elementary School in Burney, California. The 2020-2021 Reflections theme will be I Matter Because... Congratulations again to Rylee and California State PTA!

National Program Supporters

Our national program supporters offer access to regional and state level arts education experts. Connect with these state level stakeholders to garner additional support for your statewide program.

And don't forget to to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!

Proud Sponsors of National PTA’s Reflections Program

Park West Foundation