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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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2016-2017 PTA Reflections Art Program — “What Is Your Story?” Winners

And the state winners are… 133 students! Congratulations! Click here for the list of the 2016-17 NYS PTA Reflections winners.

Reflections 2016-17 Registration

2016-17 Reflections Theme

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: What Is Your Story?

For Local and Region PTA Reflections Chairs, here is how to advance your Reflections art:

Step 1:

Register Your PTA

Step 2:

Before you submit your PTA unit registration, print the completed registration page as your confirmation. You can use "print screen" to save the page and print from there.

Step 3:

Student Submissions

Step 4:

Fill out your Local PTA Participation Form (PDF). You need to include this form when you turn in your Reflections entries to your region.

2016-17 PTA Reflections Theme “What is Your Story?”

Start a Reflections Program in your PTA

Keep checking for updated 2016-17 Reflections information.

Use the steps as a guide to start 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…


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…

2018-19 Reflections Theme Search Winners

"One of National PTA's greatest points of pride is that their Reflections Program Themes are chosen by its students. Children get the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas which control the direction and shape of each Reflections Program year."

This year, 93 students in New York submitted their ideas for judging. The Reflections Committee members selected the top five NYS PTA theme search ideas.

And they are:

  • Together we are a masterpiece
    CJ Cascio, Baldwin Middle School PTA, Nassau Region
  • Remember me because I…
    Skyler Remi Holmes, Baldwin Middle School PTA, Nassau Region
  • Home is where…
    Alexandra Schoepke, Briarcliff PTA, Westchester-East Putnam Region
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    Samantha Kalinoglu, Camp Avenue PTA, Nassau Region
  • We are stronger together
    Molly Doran, West End Elementary PTA, Nassau Region

These theme search ideas were forwarded to the national level of the PTA Theme Search Contest. Congratulations to each of these students, their families, PTAs and Regions! We wish them all the best of luck.

Reflections Roadshow 2016 Video

An amazing day on Saturday, October 15, 2016, celebrating our student artists and musicians at the NYS PTA Reflections Roadshow!

A huge thanks to Monroe 1 BOCES and their District Superintendent Dan White for hosting us, Genesee Valley Region PTA for bringing the event together, Reflections Specialist Amanda Tobias and staff for all the hard work behind the scenes. Special thank you to all students who participate in the Reflections program!

2015-26 PTA Reflections — Six Receive National Honors

This year, NYS PTA proudly acknowledges six New York State students, each receiving national honors.

Click here for the complete list.

Additional Opportunities

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.