National PTA Reflections® Program

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The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It offers students the opportunity to earn local, state and even national recognition for original artwork they create in response to a specific theme. 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. In addition, the winning Visual Arts entry will be featured on the cover of the 2015-2016 OFE Yearbook.

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2016-2017 Key Dates

The following are the key dates for the 2016-2017 PTA National Reflections program:

  • Begin to submit entries starting from October 10th, 2016
  • Deadline for submission of entries is October 24th, 2016
  • Judging will take place on November 2, 2016
  • Party for all participants is on November 18, 2016
  • Judging at the local Council level is during November – December 2016
  • Entries sent for State-level judging is in early-January 2017
  • State winners are announced in March 2017

2016-2017 Theme

The theme for the 2016–2017 National PTA Reflections program is:

“What is your story?” 


Art Categories

There are six arts categories:  dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.  Students may enter the Reflections program in one or more arts categories, with no limit to the amount of entries in a single category.

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Students must adhere to the General Participation Rules (Espanol) as well as the rules for their specific arts categories.

Grade Divisions

Students may enter the Reflections® program in the appropriate division for their grade.

  • Primary: Preschool – Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grades 3-5

Special Artist

The Special Artist division is an option for those students with disabilities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Please refer to the Special Artist rules below for more details.


At each level, all entries are judged on:

  • Interpretation of the National PTA Reflections® theme – “What is your story?”
  • Artistic merit
  • >Creative merit
  • >Technical merit

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OFE Reflections winners 2015-2016

State Winners 2015-2016:

  • Rachel Osterman, Intermediate Photography, Dream Big
  • Meadow Lam, Primary Photography, Beautiful Flying Cranes

Regional Level Winners, Award of Excellence 2015-2016:

  • Kinley Marshall, Primary Visual Art, Colors of Light
  • Alba Warren-Jimenez, Intermediate Visual Art, The World of Imagination
  • Rachel Osterman, Intermediate Photography, Dream Big
  • Meadow Lam, Primary Photography, Beautiful Flying Cranes
  • Savannah Horvath, Primary Music Composition, My Imagination Dreams
  • Isabel Reynoso, Intermediate Music Composition, Skipping Through the Sky
  • Genevieve Juge, Primary Literature, The Flying Girl
  • Caroline Croker, Intermediate Literature, New Webster’s Dictionary Entries Under ‘R’
  • Carsten Ramelow, Intermediate Visual Production, The Day Dream
  • Aubrey Carter, Intermediate Dance Choreography, High in the Sky

If you have any questions, please contact the Reflections Committee