Reflections Overview For Families and Students
Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps 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 not only in school but in life.
Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2023-2024 program will be “I am Hopeful Because…”
Students submit their completed works of art in one or more of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round.
Young artists get involved by contacting their local PTA leaders. The deadline for turning in artwork to your local PTA will typically be in late autumn. Local PTAs and councils can choose to accept physical entries or virtual. Only virtual submissions will be sent to the WSPTA level for judging.
The theme of the 2023-2024 program is “I am Hopeful Because…” All skill levels are encouraged to participate. How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you! We look forward to seeing and celebrating what you are hopeful for.
Tips for completing your entry form
Give your artwork a meaningful title, make sure that you complete the entire form, including signatures, and that you have a solid artist statement. The artist statement is an important piece, and should explain how your art ties to the theme “I am Hopeful Because…” You could share what inspired you, and what materials you used.
You can find entry forms here, in Mrs. Lagace’s classroom, or the front office. For more information on the Reflections Art Program, https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/
The due date is Wednesday, October 18th. Students submit their completed art and entry form to the front office or Mrs. Lagace’s classroom.
Questions? Contact our chair: Tara Culbertson at email@example.com.
*Digital entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theme Search for 2025-2026
Each year, the National PTA seeks a theme for the Reflections program year to be held two years from now. The list of finalists for the 2025-2026 program year will be announced in November.
The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100. Their theme will be presented at the annual National PTA Convention in June 2024. Click here for a list of past themes.
Click here to go to the Reflections Theme Search online entry form.
Click here to watch a 5-minute video walking through the entry form.
- Tolt Middle School Website
- Riverview School District
- Girl Scouts Western WA
- Boy Scouts
- Snoqualmie Valley Little League
- Red Wolves Junior Football and Cheer
- Carnation Library
- Duvall Library
- Local Parks
- Local Events: Cherry Valley Macaroni Kids
Other PTA organizations: