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The National PTA Reflections Program welcomes students of all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Students reflect on a theme, create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts and earn positive recognition for their achievements. Any PTA/PTSA held in good standing may take part in Reflections.

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2015-16 PTA Reflections Theme “Let Your Imagination Fly”

Start a Reflections Program in your PTA

Use the four steps below as a guide to starting your PTA Reflections program!


Every school year the PTA Reflections Program theme changes and with that change comes the newest set of rules and guidelines. Be sure to check with your Region Reflections Chair (RRC) to learn their deadline and location for advancing entries, as well as any additional requirements, such as extra copies of forms or packaging materials, that they may require. Here are some resources to get started…


Announce the start of your Reflections Program. Be sure to read and share the rules. In order to be eligible for advancement to the region level, all students must complete the Student Entry Form and adhere to the General Participation Rules, as well as the arts category rules. Here are some flyers, rules and forms to use…


Using a Blind Judging rubric is highly recommended.

Each PTA is expected to use the National PTA Reflections Online System to register, report participation totals and submit student entry forms. Be sure to check with your Region Reflections Chair (RRC) to learn about their specific Online System requirements. Here are some Judging and Online Registration Tools to guide you…

Register Now for Reflections


Celebrate student participation in the arts and all volunteers who made your PTA Reflections Program a success. Recognition helps all students identify themselves as artists, encourages family engagement and provides opportunities to connect with the community. Here are some Customizable Items to help you celebrate…

Additional Opportunities

Upcoming PTA Reflections theme: 2016-17 “What is Your Story?”

Get a head start on next year’s Reflections Program. Promote the theme early.

Reflections Theme Search

National PTA sponsors a student-focused Theme Search Contest to determine the theme for the next year. National PTA is currently looking for the 2017-2018 Reflections Program Theme.

Deadline: October 16, 2015

Click here for the 2017-2018 Theme Search Entry Form and instructions

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides matching dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs within their communities. Matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing.

Apply for a Grant! Applications for projects starting in the 2016-2017 school year will be accepted January 4 through March 11, 2016. For more information, visit the National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Grant webpage.

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Reflections Roadshow

Welcome Address - Inaugural NYS PTA Reflections Art Roadshow from May 16, 2015