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Reflections Program




What is Reflections?

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning should not be the emphasis.

Participation in the Reflections Program is a great way for students to explore and learn about various art forms. Creating art is a valuable learning process that challenges students to use their critical thinking skills as well as their creative talents to create art that supports a specific theme.

Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. Depending on local PTA guidelines, students may enter more than one work of art. The six arts areas are as follows: Literature / Musical composition / Photography/ Visual Arts/ Dance Choreography /Video Production

Participation in the California Reflections program is open to all students 

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 ImperfectionRead 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.