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PTA’s Reflections Art Program brings art to life across the nation

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2023-2024 Reflections Theme Logo - I am Hopeful Because

“I am Hopeful Because…”

That’s the theme for the 2023-24 Reflections Art Program, which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Click here to see the California winners of the 2023-2024 Reflections Art Program.


All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, the Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees receive:

  • Onstage recognition at the California State PTA Annual Convention
  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Outstanding Interpretation plaque, award and certificate

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medallion, award and certificate

State-level Award of Merit honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Merit medallion and certificate

National-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artwork, along with any National Award of Excellence and Merit winners, are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit. See the winners.


Local entry submission due dates vary depending on where you live. Please reach out to your PTA unit, council and district to inquire about your local due dates, which are generally in the fall of each year.

  • If you are a STUDENT – Contact your School Reflections chair for your school submission date.
    • In a PTA Council school – Contact your PTA Council Reflections chair for your PTA Council submission date.
    • In an Out-of-Council PTA school – Contact your PTA District Reflections chair for your PTA District submission date.

Specific instructions, resources and dates for submissions to the California State PTA are posted on the Leaders Website.


Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works.

Click here for more information and to see the 2024-25 California finalists who were sent to National PTA for judging.

Thank you to all who participated. We received 150+ theme search entries. We will update the page once the Committee has selected the 5 finalists who will be sent to National PTA for judging.


Building on the decades-long arts legacy of past Colorado State PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, who established the Reflections Art Program, National PTA awards grants of up to $1,000 so local PTAs can take arts education to the next level — especially for at-risk kids. Find out how your PTA can qualify.

So let the Reflections Art Program — and the arts — be a part of your kids’ lives! For more information on participating, or to get Reflections and other arts programs started or funded at your school, contact your local PTA, and check out the resources on our Arts Education page.

For detailed information just for PTA Leaders on this topic, visit the Leaders’ Website.
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