The 2023–2024 Reflections theme is:

I am Hopeful Because...

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 2023-2024 Reflections is open until October 15, 2023.

This year's theme: I am Hopeful Because...

The entry form  is to be filled out when  students are ready to enter their artwork, so please do not enter the form until 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 am Hopeful Because..." 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:   Reflections Program for complete program rules for each category. 

For any questions, please contact the Reflections committee at: or

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).

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 am Hopeful Because...

That’s the theme for the 2023-2024 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:

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.