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2023-2024 Information

Welcome back! We will again be accepting submissions using our Virtual Student Entry Form. Just upload your Reflections entry and receive a confirmation that the submission was received.  It’s that easy!

Theme for 2023-24: I am Hopeful Because…
Tema 2023-24: Tengo Esperanza Porque…


Call for entries short video
View last year’s winning entries here.
View California winners here.
View National winners here.

Due Date
Submissions for the Reflections Program are due on Sunday, November 12th, 2023.

Reflections I Am Hopeful Cover

About the Reflections Art Recognition Program

PTA Reflections logo

The National PTA Reflections program is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the arts in our school. All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. The arts play a critical role in students’ success in school and beyond, enhancing their reading and language skills, mathematics skills, thinking skills, social skills, motivation to learn, and positive school environment.

Reflections offers students the opportunity to earn local, state, and even national recognition for original artwork they create in response to a specific theme. Submissions are due annually in November.

Students who participate in the Reflections program get an opportunity to explore the arts and culture, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and recognize themselves as artists.


Click HERE for the entry form in English and Spanish.
Notes: You will need to upload your piece and your Artist Statement at the same time.
Once completed, please email us at to confirm receipt of your artwork submission.


To be eligible to participate, students must adhere to the submission details for each category, see “Categories” below. Files will be uploaded through the “Entry Form” link above – pay special attention to the file formats (.pdf, .jpg, .mp3, etc.).

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.

  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.

  • Each entry may contain a title and all entries must include an artist’s statement. The artist’s statement (at least 10 words and not to exceed 100) communicates what inspired the work, and how it relates to the theme and the content of the work. This is very important to judging the work–so take your time! Be sure to type your statement in a Google doc or Word document and copy and paste it into the entry form for submission.

  • Collages of photos qualify as visual arts, not photography.

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for background music in dance choreography and film production entries. If used in dance choreography and film production entries, background music must be cited in the entry. form. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

  • The use of PowerPoint templates is prohibited.


Click on each category below to download a pdf about specific submission rules and guidelines.

Remember, Reflections is not an art contest, it’s a student recognition program!
PTA is Celebrating over 50 years of the Reflections Art Program Watch here.

Questions? Email 


Each year, over 300,000 students from across the country in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them 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 in school and in life.


View award winners of our Reflections Arts Program below!

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