2023 - 2024 Reflections Theme "I am Hopeful Because..." Entries due Monday, October 2, 2023
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.
The Reflections Art Program has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.Reflections encourages students of all ages and abilities 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.
Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated annually at National PTA's Convention & Expo in June. National PTA then collects and curates the traveling exhibit for the next year. To learn more, visit our Awards Page.
Submissions Format and Mounting Requirements
Visual Art or Photography
-Mount your artwork (Visual Art or Photography) on black foam core or cardboard covered in black paper, using tape. ( See rules for 3D work on the capta website.)
-Foam core mounting: use masking tape or other adhesive to mount artwork in center of foam core, make sure to have a 1-4 inch border of black showing, like a frame. (not to exceed size 24"x30" including border for Visual Arts, 11"x14" including border for photography).
-Remember to tape your Entry Form to the back of your mounted artwork!
-The Reflections committee will wrap your work with cellophane wrap.
-Must be submitted on 8.5"x11" paper and be up to 2,000 words. Visit CAPTA website for acceptable forms to submit.
Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film
-Submissions must not exceed 5 minutes. Visit the CAPTA website for acceptable forms to submit.
General Information and Forms
Students are responsible for following the PTSA Reflections guidelines & for turning in a complete registration form.
This year's deadline is Monday, October 2.
Turn your entries in to the Redwood office, in the Big Box.
- General & Category Rules: https://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/general-rules/
- Student Registration Form: https://capta.org/resource/participant-forms/
Reflections Rules by Category