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2016-2017 Theme


"What Is Your Story?" That’s the theme for the 2016-17 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.

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts.

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round. Please review general entry rules.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention
  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention.

State-level winners were recognized at the 2016 California State PTA Annual Convention and will be posted online soon. National-level Award of Excellence honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artworks are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit. See the list of National winners.



Mark your calendars!  Our District Showcase is scheduled for December 9, 2016 at Charlotte Wood Middle School.


Reflections Chair

For questions, email our Reflections Chair.


  • Local Student Entry Form – available in English and Spanish
  • Local Consent Form (Dance/Film/Photo) – available in English and Spanish


  • General Rules – available in English and Spanish
  • Abridged Summary of Rules – available in English
  • Dance Choreography – available in English
  • Film Production – available in English
  • Literature – available in English
  • Music Composition – available in English
  • Photography – available in English
  • Visual Arts – available in English and Spanish
    • NEW 3-D Artwork Guidelines – available in English
  • Special Artist – available in English
  • Art Form Identification for Photography and Visual Arts – available in English