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Each year, students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are invited to create and submit original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and 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); and Accessible Arts** (All grades welcome). 

Based on State PTA rules and guidelines, these works of art may be submitted for state and national level awards and recognition opportunities.

**Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Accessible Arts Division (formerly the Special Artist division) or grade division most closely aligned to their support needs.

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2023-2024 I am Hopeful Because... Reflections Awards


Congratulations Reflections Winners!

From 45 state PTA congresses, National PTA received over 900 student entries inspired by the 2023-2024 Reflections theme I am Hopeful Because.... Of those submissions, we are thrilled to recognize over 200 student artists with Awards of Excellence and Merit and honor seven students with the top Outstanding Interpretation Award. 

Student artists will receive the prizes outlined below by the end of summer 2024. Email

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the virtual exhibition
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the virtual exhibition
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the virtual exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit
Winners List
Explore the full list of awardees and join us in congratulating all 200+ national-level Reflections winners.

2023-2024 Reflections Theme

The theme "I am Hopeful Because..." was created by Alice Meko from Hampton Cove Elementary PTA, Alabama.

I Am Hopeful Because...

Outstanding Interpretation Awardees

National PTA's official press release for the awards highlights these seven students who achieved the top national-level Reflections honor: the Award of Outstanding Interpretation. This award is given to the student artworks that achieved the highest scores for interpretation of the Reflections theme.

Join us in congratulating: 

  • Grace Manning | Visual Arts: "I am Hopeful Because of Literacy and Humanity"
  • Orion Edwards-Wilson | Music Composition: "A Spark of Hope"      
  • Gauri Binup | Literature: "Hopeful" 
  • Soraya Arjomand | Dance Choreography: "Times Embrace"
  • Olivia GarzaFilm Production: "After Tragedy"
  • Ansh Patel | Photography: "Faith is the Solution"
  • Gavin Brown | Film Production-Special Artist division: "I am Hopeful Because… An Animated Short Film"

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Use these template Reflections winner graphics to spread the word about these awesome student artists. Remember to tag @NationalPTA and use #PTAReflections to share your celebration photos and artwork with us!

Celebration Graphic for Students


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Celebration Graphics for PTSAs


Let's Celebrate!

We hope you will join us for the virtual 2023-2024 Outstanding Interpretation Reflections Winner Celebration! Tune in for the premiere Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. EDT on National PTA's YouTube channel and hear from the seven student artists who achieved the Award of Outstanding Interpretation for their interpretation of the theme I am Hopeful Because...

The virtual event will explore their award-winning artwork through topics like mental health and the importance of education and family. The event will also recognize all national winners from the 2023-2024 Reflections program in the scrolling credits. 

Stay tuned!

We will continue to celebrate all our talented 2023-2024 PTA Reflections national winners throughout the year. Continue watching this page and National PTA's social media for more information on our Virtual Exhibit, the Outstanding Interpretation Awardee summer celebration and our annual Student Arts Showcase in January. 

Virtual Exhibit: 2023-2024 I am Hopeful Because... Awardees

Check out our virtual exhibit recognizing all national-level award winning artwork submitted in the 2022-2023 National PTA Reflections program, I am Hopeful Because...

Use the arrows to move through each album or head to the full collection.

Dance Choreography 

Dance Choreography - National Awardees

Film Production 

Film Production -National Awardees


Literature - National Awardees

Music Composition 

Music Composition - National Awardees

Visual Arts 

Visual Art - National Awardees


Photography - National Awardees

National Level Reflections Awards


Reflections Review Criteria

Student entries submitted to the national level go through two rounds of review by arts professionals from across the country. During the evaluation process, judges will consider the following criteria:
  • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
  • Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
  • Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Of the national-level submissions, over 200 student Reflections participants will receive awards, prizes and recognition from National PTA. 

Crafting a Reflections Artist Statement

In Reflections, judges strongly consider the artist's interpretation of the Reflections theme as shown in the student's original artwork, title and artist statement. To best represent their creativity and originality, artists should create

  • a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to their personal interpretation of the theme
  • an artist statement that further describes their theme interpretation and explores the creative process and decisions they made when making their art.

An artist statement should reflect the student's age and/or support needs. Any support provided by an adult (e.g., teacher, parent, guardian) should be minimal and should not alter the student's creative vision or process. 

Artists can consider the following when developing a title and artist statement
  • Why did you choose to create your piece in the specific arts category you selected? 
  • How does your work specifically relate to the theme?
  • Explore metaphors or allusions in your artwork to highlight complex or critical parts of your work.
  • What is your personal connection to the theme? What/who was your inspiration? How do these connections show up in your art?
  • Explain the creative decisions you made so your work would be unique to you and your interpretation of the theme.
  • What tools, materials and methods did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)? What made you choose those items? 

Previous National PTA Reflections Student Arts Celebrations


2022-2023 Show Your Voice! Reflections Program

The 2023 Virtual Outstanding Interpretation Reflections Winners Celebration honors the top seven national winners from the 2022-2023 Show Your Voice! Reflections program.

The 2024 Virtual Reflections Student Arts Showcase featured over 20 short interviews with select student artists—and a few special guests—discussing their award-winning artwork from the 2022-2023 Show Your Voice! Reflections program

2021-2022 I Will Change the World By... Reflections Program

The 2022 Virtual Outstanding Interpretation Reflections Winners Celebration honors the top seven national winners from the 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By..Reflections program.

The 2023 Reflections Showcase featured a selection of artists and recognized all our national-level winning artists from the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections program, I Will Change the World By...

2020-2021 I Matter Because... Reflections Program

The 2021 National PTA Convention awards program celebrates the Outstanding Interpretation Reflections winners for the 2020-2021 I Matter Because... Reflections program.

The 2022 Virtual Reflections Student Arts Showcase celebrates a selection of Reflections national winners from the 2020-2021 I Matter Because... program. National PTA is also proud to provide the 2022 Virtual Reflections Showcase in Spanish.

Annual Theme Search Contest

Help Inspire a Future Reflections Program

Every year, National PTA hosts our annual Reflections Theme Search Contest to select one student theme to inspire student artists as they participate in a future PTA Reflections program. The winning student will also receive a $100 award and national recognition. 

We’re looking for the most original theme ideas, so past themes and duplicate submissions will not be considered. Explore the past 50+ years of winning themes for reference and inspiration! Themes are selected two years in advance.   

How to Participate

Students can participate in the Reflections Theme Search Contest according to the process and guidelines outlined by their State PTA Reflections Program, which will include when and how to submit entries. National PTA only receives the top entries submitted by each state PTA.

Interested participants, parents or PTAs should reach out to their State PTA to learn how they can participate. You can use this resource map to find your state's Reflections webpages and get started!

Current and Upcoming Themes

2024-2025 Theme
Thanks to Paige Opaska from Barbara Bush Middle School PTA in Texas who submitted the 2024-2025 Reflections theme Accepting Imperfection. Read this blog spotlight to meet Paige and learn about her inspiration. 

2025-2026 Theme
Congratulations to the most recent winner of the Annual Theme Search Contest: Ben Morgan from Lewis and Clark Middle School PTSA in Idaho! Ben’s submission, I Belong! will be the 2025-2026 Reflections theme. Learn more about Ben and the inspiration behind the theme.

Annual Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant   


Congratulations to the 2023 Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grantees:

  • Campbell Middle School PTSA from Smyrna, Georgia
  • Maple Intermediate PTA from North Olmsted, Ohio 

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