Reflections Program – Get Started Today!!!

All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. The arts play a critical role in students’ success in school and beyond, enhancing their reading and language skills, mathematics skills, thinking skills, social skills, motivation to learn and positive school environment.

  • The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It offers students the opportunity to earn local, state and even national recognition for original artwork they create in response to a specific theme.
  • Students who participate in the Reflections Program get an opportunity to explore the arts and culture, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills and recognize themselves as artists.
  • This year’s entries should reflect upon and interpret the theme: “Let your imagination fly”.

Get started in 6 easy steps:

Step 1   Register your school reflections program at

Step 2   Organize and Plan your program:

If you are new to Reflections consider starting with one area of art such as just photography, or visual arts.  Choose what will work best in your school.

Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

Step 3   Promote your program

Announce your call for entries using PTA, school and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location as well as submission instructions.

Step 4   Organize submitted artwork for judging

First, check-in entries and review artwork for qualification. Organize entries by division and category, then assign them to a judge.

  • Welcome judges with a copy of program rules and instruct them to complete their scorecards using this rubric.
  • Ensure judges review the student’s artwork title and artist statement included on the student’s entry form, but do not reveal the student’s name.
  • Assign awards to all qualifying entries. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, Honorable Mention and Participant.

Step 5   Celebrate!

Step 6   Wrap Up

And Remember….

The search is on for the future National PTA Reflections theme.

One exceptional concept may be chosen to inspire thousands of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create original works of art in dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts.

The Theme Search Contest Winner receives $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention.

If you have any questions, you can contact NiChelle Cannon VP of Leadership and Reflections Chair at

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