This Years’ Reflections Theme is Look Within

Links to Important Information

Art Categories (1 Page Rules)
Reflections Volunteer Sign-Up for Locals
19-20 Local PTA Reflections Coordinator Checklist
19-20 Local PTA Reflections Coordinator Judging Guidelines and Suggestions (Changes from 18-19)
19-20 Reflections Judging Score Card (Sample)
19-20 Reflections Local PTA Advancing Entrants Spreadsheet (Changes from 18-19)

Entry Forms
19-20-Student Entry Form
19-20-Student Full Packet

Link to National PTA’s E-Learning Course


Reflections Program Overview

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. The PTA Reflections program was described by Mary Lou as “almost too simple”. That simplicity – of asking children to express themselves artistically based on a common theme – is the foundation of this long-standing program.

​The PTA Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on the current year’s theme. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing that theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art

The students submit artwork to their Local PTAs. The work is judged and the winning entries advance to the County level for judging. After that, it is onto the State level for the next round. The TOP State Award winners then advance to the National level for judging, so exciting!

Here on this page you will find everything you need to run a successful Reflections program at your school. Feel free to contact the NJPTA , with any questions or to share your successes!

Congratulations to All 2019 Reflection Winners! See them here.