Reflections Program 2016 – 2017

What's Your Story?”


December 2, 2016 - Unit Deadline for Reflections submissions - all work must be received by the District Office by this date!
January 23, 2017 - 2nd District Reflections Awards Reception and General Assembly Meeting

PTA’s national Reflections Art Program has celebrated and recognized student achievement for more than 10 million students since 1969. Reflections helps California State PTA and its members, families and kids, increases community promote awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash their creative talents and get inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively through art
  • 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 work


All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Special Artist Division
  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts
Artwork is recognized at the city, state and national level.

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by the District PTA. Deadline for submission to the District is Friday, December 2, 2016. 

Final artworks are submitted to California State PTA in January and are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round in June 2017. 

Review general rules here.

Contact with your questions.


State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention in May 2017
  • Prizes, including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention
  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention.

National-level Award of Excellence honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artworks are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit.

THEMES FOR 2017-2018 needed!

The art can’t start without an annual theme, and we need your help: Children and youth can submit a national theme to serve as the inspiration for Reflections artists and their original works. Students submitting the winning theme receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention.

Second District Reflections Calendar for 2016-2017

December 2 - Unit Deadline for Reflections submissions - all work must be received by the District Office by this date!

January 23 - 2nd District Reflections Awards Reception and General Assembly Meeting

For more information on Reflections, visit the CAPTA Website here.

For any questions related to Reflections, please contact

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