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 2019-2020 theme: Look Within.


Entries may be taken to the CMS Library between Monday, October 28-Thursday, October 31, 2019. Be sure you have an entry form with your submission. 


Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories:


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


The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program—support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community with Reflections. 


2019-20 Reflections Contest

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program offers local, regional, state and national opportunities for young artists in PreK through Grade 12 to be recognized for their creativity.


Look Within will be featured as the 2019-2020 Reflections theme (theme search winner: Enashele Campbell, a Kindergartener from H. Guy Child Elementary PTA in Ogden, Utah.).


Grade Divisions:

  • Primary:  Preschool – Grade 2
  • Intermediate:  Grades 3-5
  • Middle School:  Grades 6-8
  • Special Artist:  All grades welcome


Students should download the Program Rules to ensure their art meets the requirements for each art category. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Student Entry Form.


Entries may be taken to the CMS Library between Monday, October 28-Thursday, October 31, 2019. Be sure you have an entry form with your submission. 


Review Criteria

  • Interpretation:  How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
  • Creativity:  How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
  • Technique:  The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Submissions are considered for local, regional, state and national level awards and prizes. Learn more about state-level and national-level awards and events.


Visit the 2018-2019 Reflections Gallery to see examples of entries from last year.


Reflections Program Timeline


Student Entry Deadline at the Local level: Entries may be taken to the CMS Library between Monday, October 28-Thursday, October 31, 2019. Be sure you have an entry form with your submission. 


Advancing Entry Deadline at the Council/Regional level: Due Date for Allen ISD Reflections Submissions to Allen ISD Council of PTAs is TBD.


Advancing Entries to Texas PTA: Entries advancing to Texas PTA from the Council or Regional Coordinators must be received by 5:00 pm on January 15th. If the 15th falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the acceptance date will extend to the following business day.


Advancing Entries to National PTA: Texas PTA advances selected entries no later than March 1.


2019-20 Reflections Call for Entries


2021-22 Reflections Theme Search Contest


The search is on for a future National PTA Reflections theme!


The Reflections theme changes every year, and we need your students’ suggestions! Each state selects five student theme suggestions to advance to national-level judging. National PTA then selects one exceptional theme to inspire creativity for the following year’s PTA Reflections program. The student winner will receive $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention!


There is no limit to how many different themes you can enter. When suggesting a theme, these are the items that judges take into consideration:


  • Theme is unique, inspiring and unlike past program themes.
  • Theme is focused without being too narrow or too broad.
  • Theme is clear, concise and appropriate for all grade levels.
  • Theme is applicable to all arts categories.
  • Theme promotes PTA values.
  • Theme is relevant in 2 years.
  • Past themes and duplicate entries are not considered.


Reflections Theme Search Entry Form – Deadline for submittal is November 5, 2019


Reflections Theme Search Flyer 


Past Reflections Program Themes 


Results From the 2020-2021 Reflections Theme Search

National PTA is pleased to announce that Rylee Stier, a first grade student from California State PTA, has been selected as the 2020-2021 Reflections Theme Search Contest winner! Rylee’s submission, I Matter Because …, was selected from nearly 100 student submissions across 21 states.


As the Theme Search Contest winner, Rylee will receive $100 from National PTA and recognition during their 2019 Awards & Reflections Celebration program at the annual National PTA convention. Congratulations to California PTA and to Rylee for selecting Reflections 2020-2021 theme!



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