Reflections 2017–2018 Theme: Within Reach

2018 Reflections Call for Entries

Reflections Program – Introduction

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, more than 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.

The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools, and communities is unmatched with the majority of California PTAs participating in the program at all PTA levels.

That's why the Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:
  • Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the joy and fun 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
As an added bonus, in showcasing and celebrating student talent, the Reflections Program increases community awareness of the importance of the arts in education.

For more information, please visit our Reflections Facebook page, or contact Chinar Desai, Pleasanton PTA Council Reflections chairperson. 

How to Participate

The California Reflections Program is open to all students attending PTA schools that sponsor the program.

Art Areas (6)
To participate, students submit an original piece, inspired by the annual theme, for their school's Reflections Program in any of following arts areas:
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
Divisions (5)
To allow student artworks to be recognized and judged with the appropriate developmental age and skill levels in mind, the Reflections Program is organized by school grade, offering 5 divisions:
  • Primary: Preschool-Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grades 3-5
  • Middle/Junior: Grades 6-8
  • Senior: Grades 9-12
  • Special Artist: Non-Graded Special Artist Division
Reflections Program Levels
Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by National PTA.
  1. Student Reflections entries at a school are first recognized, judged, and celebrated by the local PTA unit.
  2. Some selected unit entries are then chosen to represent the PTA at the council and district PTA levels.
  3. Student artwork submitted to California State PTA by a district PTA will be considered for an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit.

Additional Information & Forms

Entry form
Links to more information