2023-2024 Reflections Theme:

"I am Hopeful Because..."

 Submitted by Alice Meko, from Hampton Cove Elementary PTA in Alabama


Art Entry Deadline is:

November 3, 2023!


Plan your projects now. It's never too early to start!


Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for over 50 years. Through the efforts of our Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.


With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.


Started in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, then Colorado PTA President, Reflections has grown to be one of the largest nationwide programs of its kind, with more than 200,000 students participating annually.

Categories Include:


Fiction or nonfiction, prose, poetry, drama, or short story.

(must not exceed 2,000 words or 8 ½ x 11 inches)


Visual Arts

Original print, drawing, painting, collage, photographic collage, metal etching or punch work, fiber work, or computer-generated artwork.

(must be flat, not more than 3/8 inches thick, maximum size 24 x 30 inches including a mat)



Original black-and-white or color image, single print or collage.

(maximum size 11 x 14 inches including a mat)


Musical Composition

Voice, instruments or a combination of both, with or without lyrics.

(maximum time 5 minutes, a CD recording of a performance of the composition should be submitted.)


Dance Choreography

Original dance choreographed by the student with up to 3 dancers.

(maximum time 5 minutes, should be submitted on a CD or DVD)


Film Production

Original work, animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, computer-generated

(no PowerPoint, maximum time 5 minutes, CD or DVD)


Reflections is always a PTA Member benefit!

The student or at least one person from their primary household must be a current member of the Local PTA/PTSA where the student is participating. Each Local PTA/PTSA may determine a date by which the member must join.


Entry Forms and Rules:

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.


Student Program Rules Packet  English | Spanish
Student Entry Form   English | Spanish


(Be sure to read the rules in each category and pay attention to your artist statement explaining your work).


Find out more at:


Contact the Reflections Chair at with additional questions.


Results From the 2023-2024 National PTA Reflections Theme Search Contest

Thank you to all students who participated in the National PTA Reflections program theme search! With nearly 500 theme suggestions, it was very difficult to decide on which five themes to send to National PTA.

Without further ado, congratulations to the five students selected to represent Texas PTA at national-level judging. National PTA will select one exceptional theme from the nationwide search to inspire creativity for the 2023-2024 PTA Reflections program. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be announced by National PTA in June 2022. Good luck to Isaac, Hannah, Kayvaan, Adric and Liam!

Texas PTA Theme Search Finalists

That makes me laugh!
Suggested by Isaac Christensen
Saigling Elementary PTA, Plano ISD


My Future Self...
Suggested by Hannah Crawley
Moody Senior High PTA, Corpus Christi ISD


Adventure Awaits

Suggested by Joseph Kayvaan Hekmatyar
Lois Lindsey Elementary PTA, Allen ISD


Leave Your Mark

Suggested by Adric Lam
Barksdale Elementary PTA, Plano ISD


We are Different, We Are One

Suggested by Liam McKenzie
Hidden Hollow Elementary PTA, Humble ISD




2022-2023 Reflections Theme:


"Show Your Voice!"

 submitted by Jason Yevin, from Salk/Macarthur PTSA in New York





2021-2022 Reflections Theme:


"I Will Change the World By..."

 submitted by Lydia Keel from Utah State PTA


2020-2021 Reflections Theme:

"I Matter Because..."




2019-20 Reflections Theme:

"Look Within"

Reflections 2019-20 Theme Ad



2018-19 Reflections Theme:

"Heroes Around Me"


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