California State PTA offers grants to PTAs for Cultural Arts programs. Learn more.

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program’s goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a “contest” format, winning should not be the emphasis. Participation in the Reflections Program is a great way for students to explore and learn about various art forms. Creating art is a valuable learning process that challenges students to use their critical thinking skills as well as their creative talents to create art that supports a specific theme. The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in the program. The program’s longevity and participation figures attest to its strength. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for children, parents, schools and communities is unmatched.  

THE THEME FOR 2022-2023 IS


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The Reflections program is available to all students attending PTA and PTSA units in good standing. Entries are forwarded through channels. Each unit, council and PTA district establishes their own deadline dates, allowing adequate time for displaying and judging of entries. PTA units should acquire deadline dates from their council and PTA district. Only PTA districts may submit entries to the California State PTA.

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT: 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By AWARDEES

Check out National PTA’s virtual exhibit from the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections program, I Will Change the World By….


National PTA awards grants of up to $1,000 so local PTAs can take arts education to the next level — especially for at-risk kids. Find out how your PTA can qualify.

In addition, Peralta District PTA also offers grants to support PTA units in Alameda County. Learn more.

So let the Reflections Art Program — and the arts — be a part of your kids’ lives! Learn more about Arts Education.