Welcome Students and Families!

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself!

For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories:



Dance Choreography





Visual Arts


2019-2020 Program Theme:   LOOK WITHIN

How Do I Participate?

Students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are encouraged to participate in the 2019-2020 National PTA Reflections Program by contacting their school PTA to learn about each school's deadline (usually mid-January) and get a copy of the Official Rules and a Student Entry Form. You might also find them at your school office or on your school PTA’s website. Otherwise, you may use these generic versions of the Official Rules and Student Entry Form.

Q: What if no one is chairing PTA Reflections at my student’s school PTA?

A: Volunteer yourself! It’s EASY! Click the link at the very top of this page to get started!




Tips for Students and Families

  • Families can support their students’ participation by creating time and space for students to work on their entries, providing encouragement and needed materials.

  • Entries should represent students’ unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression.

  • Use of copyrighted material (i.e. cartoon character, sports team logos) is prohibited in the literature, music composition, photography and visual arts categories. Use of copyrighted music in dance choreography and film production entries is acceptable when the title, composer and performer of any music in the submission are cited on the student entry form.

  • Try to participate in not just one, but two - or more - arts categories! It can be as fun and as easy as snapping a photo, writing a short poem/essay and/or drawing a picture.

  • Judging at the state and national level will be based on:

    • INTERPRETATION (20 points) -- How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement on the student entry form 

    • CREATIVITY (10 points) -- How creative and original the piece is in it's conception of the theme and it's presentation 

    • TECHNIQUE (10 points) --The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.



State and National Awards

Students will have the opportunity to move up through their school to compete at the state level and the national level.


The 2020 North Dakota PTA Reflections Celebration Party will be held at (TBD). All students whose entries advance to the state-level will be honored. Families/guardians of these students are welcome!

The first-place winner from each grade division/art category at the state level will advance to the national Level. Winners at the national level will be announced in early May, and will be celebrated in June at the 2020 National PTA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.


Need Examples? Click below to see past national-level winning entries!

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