National PTA Reflections Program

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections programs give students an opportunity to express themselves creatively and receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected annual theme. The program also increases community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

The 2015-2016 Reflections Program Theme is
“Let Your Imagination Fly”

Monday, November 13, 2015     Reflections entries due to San Diego Unified Council
December 2015     Council winners forwarded to Ninth District

February 2015     Council reception for all Council Reflections winners
March 2015     Ninth District reception for Reflections

May 4-7 201     State winners presented at State PTA Convention in Sacramento
June 30 – July 3, 2016     National winners presented at National PTA Convention in Orlando, FL

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

Download the National PTA Reflections Program article here.

For more information on how you can be a Hero for Arts Education, please visit the California State PTA’s website.

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