PTA Reflections

Category: Contests

What is Reflections?
The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by school grade. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The two grade divisions relevant to elementary school are:

  • Primary: K to Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grades 3-5


October 19, 2018 deadline 2:45 PM if turning in at the Office “Reflections” box 
Or 3PM by email

In 2012, National PTA launched the Special Artist Division – a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet the American Disabilities Act guidelines. Qualifying students create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation or assistance from an adult. Or, qualifying students may choose to follow all general and arts category rules, but receive accommodation to submit Reflections entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.

Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.

Heroes Around Me... is the theme for the 2018-2019 school year

  • Please first refer to the General Rules provided by the Reflections program. The General Rules are also availble in Spanish.
  • All entries submitted must be original works and must relate to the annual theme.
  • Each entry must be the work of one student. Help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed, except in the Special Artist Division.
  • Participation encourages creativity and exploration. Students should do their best, but crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone.
  • BEFORE creation, please check the specific rules for the category of artwork.
  • Every Entry MUST have a correctly completed Entry Form or it cannot be considered for judging. A Consent Form may be required for your entry.
  • Forms are also available in Spanish.

Rules and Forms:

What Happens Next:
Three impartial judges will look at the art work submitted in each category and division. The top 3 in each category/divsion from Cumberland will be submitted to the council level PTA for recognition. Other display and local recognition venues TBD.

Questions? Please send an email to