About Reflections…

Started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts.  Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.  Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor Reflections on their campus.

Students should consult their PTA to confirm they are sponsoring the program and to learn when and where to submit their entries. Students are encouraged to download the guidelines below to begin the creative process. Reflections Chairs or Coordinators will find valuable resources in the Arts in Education Resource Guide. Promotional and recognition items are also available to help your program run as smoothly as possible. Click here to download forms for the Reflections program for Texas PTA.


Special Artist Division

National PTA and Texas PTA offer the Special Artist Division for our Reflections program.  This division is limited to students who have physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges as defined by the Americans with Disability Act. Currently, students with developmental challenges may enter the program in the grade division that is appropriate for their cognitive level.  Parents and teachers of qualifying students may now choose to enter the student in the new Special Artist grade division or continue with the current process, but not both. Separate rules for the Special Artist Division are available here.