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The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. 

Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories: Dance, Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to National PTA's Reflections Theme Search. This year's theme is Let your imagination fly.

Program Overview

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are:
  • Literature  works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
  • Music Composition  original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography  color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts  drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Film/Video  original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance  originally choreographed dance composition.


Participation in Reflections is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions are:

  • Primary  Preschool - Grade 2
  • Intermediate  Grades 3 - 5
  • Middle/Junior  Grades 6 - 8
  • Senior  Grades 9 - 12
  • Special Artist


Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level.

Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select up to four entries in each of the six arts areas (a total of 24) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention. 

All PTAs/PTSAs in good standing may sponsor the Reflections Program. Students may only submit entries through a PTA/PTSA. Parent groups not affiliated with the National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program.

Special Artist Division 

The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

For additional information about who qualifies as a disabled individual and ways students who identify as having a disability can enter the Reflections® program please visit the Washington State PTA website


Guidelines for Submissions

There are guidelines when submitting student artwork. Please be sure to review each category carefully. Fine art and photographs need to be mounted on foam board and you will need to cover them to protect them. This is especially important for finalists, because their artwork will travel to different places and may be subject to damage if this process is not followed. 

1) Please review the rules for each category. Students may submit one art piece per category. Please become familiar with the guidelines/rules set forth by the official Reflections committee. There are 6 categories to choose from. There are three other main points we ask all entrants to adhere to as follows:
2) Please be sure to complete an official student entry form when submitting your artwork. Students must title and describe their piece with a minimum of 10- maximum 100-word description. Download form here for exact details.
3) Students are required to mount their art piece on foam board. Foam board can be purchased in many locations. This helps display the piece and allows for protected transport.
4) Student should also protect their work by covering it with a plastic sleeve. This help further protect the artwork from the rain and other possible mishaps during display and transport.
If you have questions, please email Susan for help.

Forms & Rules

Download forms and look up rules and guidelines for each of the six categories by clicking on the links below.

Reflections Program Announcement – English | Spanish
Special Artist Division Flier English | Spanish 


Student Entry Form – English | Spanish
Theme Contest Form – English

General Participation Rules – English
Dance Choreography – English
Film Production – English
Literature – English
Music Composition – English
Photography – English
Special Artist - English
Visual Arts  English

For additional information, please visit the Washington State PTA websiteQuestions? Contact Susan Roberts-Huffman.

Information on Local Retailers

Mounting and protecting your artwork for transport and presentation is necessary when submitting pieces. These retailers have the facilities to mount and even put a protective sleeve on your project for reasonable prices.

Artisan Custom Framing - Mill Creek
Joanne Fabrics