National PTA Reflections welcomes, free of charge, students from all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program—support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community with Reflections.

Started in 1969 by the (then) Colorado State PTA President, Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has since become an international program as PTAs in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and US military schools overseas have begun to participate in this program.

Each year a Theme Search Contest is held where students can submit ideas for upcoming years. Entries are narrowed down to 5 per state and then the National PTA Reflections Committee makes a final selection.

Reflections uses a judging process that assists in narrowing down the number of entries as artwork passes through different levels of PTA.  In Utah we generally have between 10,000 and 13,000 entries submitted by our students each year. Nationally, around 300,000 entries are submitted by students each year.  


PTA parents volunteer their time and work with Utah PTA to learn about the Reflections program and then host it in their school by informing students of the theme, distributing rules and entry forms, collecting and judging artwork and recognizing students for their efforts. This can be a time consuming job and our PTA parents and leaders have continually been outstanding and have done their very best to serve our students who want to participate in the arts.


There are 2 awards given by PTA - the Award of Excellence and the Award of Merit. The Award of Excellence award is given to the entries that are judged to be the best in their category.  These entries then move on to the next level of judging.  The Award of Merit recipients are the runners up and are recognized at the school, council and region level. If a school (council and region) desires, they can also offer additional awards such as Honorable Mention or Participation awards.  National and Utah PTA encourage schools to hold an assembly or event of some sort that recognizes not only the students who receive awards but all students that participate.  If this is done and how it is handled is up to the school/council/region.

How artwork advances in Utah.  In Utah, our state is broken into 21 Regions.  Eleven of those regions are large enough that they are then broken into Councils (we have 56 Councils.)  The council and region leaders work with Utah PTA to train and oversee the PTA programs held in the schools.  When the Award of Excellence winners advance from their school they move to Council or Region, depending on your area.  Students artwork must receive an Award of Excellence to advance through these levels and then to Utah PTA. If they receive an Award of Excellence at the state level, they are then advanced to National PTA for another and final round of judging. Each level in the PTA is allowed to forward on up to 30 entries - 5 for each of the 6 arts categories.

Reflections Artwork at The Leonardo


The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City invited Utah PTA to display the Reflections artwork that was received at Utah PTA for judging, approximately 800 pieces of work.


SPARK! is the title of the display that The Leonardo will be hosting this summer featuring the Reflections entries from Utah, those that advanced to the state level.   ALL.  Yes!   All of them, every single one of the entries that received an Award of Excellence at the Region and moved forward to the state level for judging has been taken to The Leonardo for display. 

In addition to the Reflections artwork there will interactive areas where kids (young and old) can create their own art, guest artists, and a special piece is being made just for this display.

The display is now open and will run through August 31.


Please visit www.The for information on days and times.


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3D Art - The Leonard staff selected a few of the 3D art to be displayed at the museum.  The rest are being displayed via a monitor with pictures that were submitted with the artwork.

Film, Dance and Video - Is played on screens set in various places in the display area.

Music - Is being displayed on a monitor next to the interactive music area on the south side of the exhibit. 

Visual Arts and Photography - Are displayed on the orange walls by age group.

Literature - Is being displayed in books that can be looked through.

Reflections Theme and Due Dates for 2015 - 2016

The Theme for the

2015-16 Reflections program is:



Due Dates:

The Due Dates for artwork are set by Local PTA's in coordination with their Council and Region.

The date for Region artwork to be to the State is Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

ALL OTHER DATES are set by working backwards from that date, allowing each level of judging in your region to have 2-3 weeks to collect, catalog, judge and forward artwork.


Locals - Some time in October     Councils - Some time in November     
Regions - Some time in December.

Local Leaders, please coordinate with your Council and/or Region Reflections Chairs (Boards) to set dates that work best for you.

2017-18 National PTA Reflections Theme Search

Join the search for a future program theme!


National PTA Reflections sponsors a student‐focused Theme Search Contest annually to determine a future program theme.  The winner will be selected in January and will receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention.


Theme Search Submission Forms must be received at the Utah PTA office no later than October 30, 2015.




PTA Reflections Winners

For the Utah PTA Reflections winners for the 2014-2015 school year and previous years, please click on link below.