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What is PTA Reflections?
The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
Student Eligibility: Students must participate in the National PTA Reflections® Program through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing.
There are six categories:
- Music Composition
- Visual Art
Grade Divisions: This year there is a NEW Special Artist grade division. See flyer and website for details. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections® Program in the appropriate division for their grade.
The divisions are as follows:
- Primary: preschool – grade 2
- Intermediate: grades 3 – 5
- Middle School: grades 6 – 8
- High School: grades 9 – 12
- Special Artist: ungraded
Student Entry Process: Students enter the National PTA Reflections® Program at local levels. Program dates, deadlines, and local procedures are determined at State and Local levels. Students are advised to check with local programs for information specific to local procedures and program deadlines. Fill out in full the official entry form distributed by the local unit or found at the following web site: Illinois PTA | Reflections
Upon completion of the local program, students whose winning entries are selected to move to the next level of the National PTA Reflections competition will complete an online entry process that will include an upload of their artwork.
PTA Reflections Timeline:
Student Entry Form: