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Call for Entries!

Students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are encouraged to participate in the 2018-2019 National PTA Reflections Awards!

It's easy to participate:
1. Reflect on this year's theme: Heroes Around Me.
2. Create an original work inspired by the theme.
3. Celebrate your achievements and win prizes!

Enter according to local program guidelines and deadlines. Don't have a local PTA program? Visit your state program for more information. For samples of national award winning works, visit our virtual exhibit.

Arts Categories

Reflections Dance

Dance Choreography

Reflections Film

Film Production

Reflections Literature


Reflections Music

Music Composition

Reflections Photography


Reflections Visual Arts

Visual Arts 

Program Theme

The 2018-2019 program theme is "Heroes Around Me." Encourage students to think about and explore the theme. Teachers can use the theme with classroom lessons while parents can use the theme to spark conversation at home.

Students can participate in the annual Theme Search Contest according to State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. One winning theme will be selected in 2019 and used as the Reflections program theme during the 2020-2021 school year.

Title and Artist Statement

Judges will consider your title and artist statement to learn more about your original work and creative interpretation of the theme. Give your work a title that stands out and describe how your work relates to your own personal interpretation of the theme.

Use these guiding questions to help you write an artist statement: 

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)
  • What/who was your inspiration?

Review Criteria

Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

  1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
  2. Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
  3. Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Scholarships and Prizes

National level awards include the following: 

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition. 
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit.
Visit your State Program for available state level awards and recognition opportunities.

National Awards

2019 National Winners

The 2018-2019 national winners will be announced May 1, 2019. Honorees will be celebrated at the at the National PTA Convention, June 2019.

2018 National Winners

The 2017-2018 national winners are invited to attend an art exhibition opening in their honor on January 22, 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. The 11th annual Student Arts Showcase will feature the National PTA Reflections' exhibition: Within Reach.


Proud Sponsors of National PTA’s Reflections Program

Park West Foundation