Reflections

Didn't like this year's Theme?
ENTER THE 2023-2024 NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS THEME SEARCH!

The 2023-2024 theme search is on now! All entries must be submitted by November 1, 2021.

Click here to fill out the digital theme search form, or download this document and submit to reflections@capta.org or mail to California State PTA, 2327 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.

California theme idea winners will be forwarded to National PTA for consideration. The student who submits the winning entry will receive a $100 prize.

Please review themes from previous years before submitting a theme for 2023-2024, as past themes will not be considered for future submission. For additional information and questions about the annual Reflections theme search, please contact National PTA at reflections@pta.org.


The theme selected by National PTA for 2021-2022 is “I Will Change the World By . . .”, which was submitted by Lydia Keel, a student from Spanish Fork Junior High School PTSA in Utah.


The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is

I Will Change the World By…

Reflections is a free annual Art program for all students to express themselves through Literature, Music, Photography, Visual Arts, Dance, and Film/Video Production. The annual Reflections theme is created by a student and selected two years in advance through National PTA's annual theme search contest. Student winners from our school have the opportunity to move up through to the Fremont Council PTA, District PTA and California PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated throughout the following year, starting at National PTA's Convention in June.

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (K - Grade 2) or Intermediate (Grades 3-5). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.

The entry period for 2021-2022 Reflections is closed! We look forward to announcing our winners! Thank you to all who submitted!


The entry form is to be filled out when students are ready to enter their artwork, so please do not enter the form until best not only the submission is ready to go, but also the entry title and Artist Statement.


The Artist Statement is the most important part of the submission and is weighted by the judges a bit more than the art itself. Each student should take time to think about what the theme "I will Change the World By..." means to them and how their artwork reflects the theme. Every entry must also have a title and it's VERY helpful for us if they do not all have the same title as the theme, so a unique title would be wonderful too!


Visit: https://capta.org/resource/participant-forms/ for complete program rules for each category.


Reflections Chair: Mahi Kundurty


For any questions, please contact the Reflections committee at: 99reflectionspta@gmail.com or stevenmillardpta@gmail.com

Official Rules:

By submitting an artwork to the “National PTA Reflections Program,” entrants accept and agree to be bound by the official rules for participation as well as the entry requirements for their specific arts category and division. Additional state program requirements may apply. Any violation of these rules may, at PTA’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the reviewers regarding this program are final and binding in all respects. (The“PTA”referred to in these rules include all PTAs reviewing the submission).

  1. ELIGIBILITY. Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA. Each student’s eligibility is determined by the state and local PTA/PTSA. A student may develop an entry inside or outside of school.

  2. ARTS CATEGORIES. There are six arts categories—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections Program in one or more arts categories. See each arts category rules for additional entry requirements.

  3. GRADE DIVISIONS. Students may enter in the appropriate division for their grade (Primary: Preschool-Grade 2; Intermediate: Grades 3-5; Middle School: Grades 6-8; High School: Grades 9-12; Special Artist: All grades welcome). The Special Artist Division welcomes students from all grades and abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations (e.g. adaptive technology; transcribing; holding a camera) for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Assistants must refrain from being involved in the artistic process (e.g. developing an artist statement, choreography, music lyrics, storyboards, etc.) Student recognition and awards are announced as part of the Special Artist Division.

  4. HOW TO ENTER. Entrants must submit their artwork and student entry form to their local PTA/PTSA program according to local and state PTA procedures. Entrants must follow requirements and instructions specific to each arts category and division. Contact local PTA programs for deadlines and additional information.

  5. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. (All participants must also follow arts category and if applicable, Special Artist Division rules.)

  • 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 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 except in the Special Artist Division. 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. See the specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.

  • Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.

  • 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 on the entry form. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. Use of PowerPoint templates are prohibited.

  1. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. Entries are reviewed at local, regional, state and national levels. Each PTA determines its own reviewers for the program. Entries will be reviewed primarily on how well the student uses their artistic vision to portray the theme, their originality and creativity. The National PTA Reflections® program makes no restrictions on content or subject matter in artwork submitted by the local, regional or state levels. National PTA reserves the right to use its sole discretion in selecting the submissions to be recognized at the national level. Under no condition may parents or students contact a reviewer to dispute the status/score of any entry. Each PTA in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition and provide awards/prizes. Awards are announced per local and state procedures. National awards and events are announced May 1, 2021 at PTA.org/ Reflections.

  2. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this program constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that PTA may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for PTA purposes. PTA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of entry into the PTA Reflections program constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.

  3. PARTICIPATING ENTITIES. This program is administered by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and PTA affiliates. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program.

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.

I Will Change the World By…


That’s the theme for the 2021-2022 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired

  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork

  • Experience the fun and joy of making art

  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme

  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed. Only original works of art are accepted.
Depending on local PTA guidelines, students may enter more than one work of art. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local unit, council, PTA district, state and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local unit level, where selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level. Once entries reach the level of the California State PTA, entries may be selected for submission to the National PTA. Award of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA convention and are displayed as part of the program's traveling exhibit.