Arts in Education

The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts initiative. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections program has inspired millions of students.

The program includes two components:

  • Reflections Awards. Hosted at every level of PTA, these awards recognize students in grades Pre-K through 12, as well as students with special needs, for their interpretation of a theme via dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts. National PTA recognizes awards recipients through scholarships, certificates, media promotion, and celebrations at National PTA’s Annual Convention and Exhibition and during a winter exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education. The 2017-2018 Reflections theme is: Within Reach
  • Reflections Theme Search Contest. National PTA sponsors a student-focused Theme Search Contest annually to determine a future Reflections program theme. Every fall, students submit their innovative concepts to state PTAs. Five concepts from each state are considered, and National PTA announces the selected theme the following spring. The winner for the 2017–2018 school year will be selected in January 2018 and will receive $100 from National PTA and recognition at the Annual PTA Convention.