2023-2024 Reflections Program

2023-2024 Reflections Theme:


"I am Hopeful Because..."

Submitted by Alice Meko, from Hampton Cove Elementary PTA in Alabama

Art Entry Deadline is:

November 13, 2023!


Plan your projects now. It's never too early to start!


Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for over 50 years. Through the efforts of our Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.


With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.


Started in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, then Colorado PTA President, Reflections has grown to be one of the largest nationwide programs of its kind, with more than 200,000 students participating annually.


Categories Include:



Fiction or nonfiction, prose, poetry, drama or short story.

(must not exceed 2,000 words or 8 ½ x 11 inches)


Visual Arts

Original print, drawing, painting, collage, photographic collage, metal etching or punch work, fiber work or computer-generated artwork.

(must be flat, not more than 3/8 inches thick, maximum size 24 x 30 inches including a mat)



Original black-and-white or color image, single print or collage.

(maximum size 11 x 14 inches including a mat)


Musical Composition

Voice, instruments or a combination of both, with or without lyrics.

(maximum time 5 minutes, a CD recording of a performance of the composition should be submitted)


Dance Choreography

Original dance choreographed by the student with up to 3 dancers.

(maximum time 5 minutes, should be submitted on a CD or DVD)


Film Production

Original work, animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, computer-generated

(no PowerPoint, maximum time 5 minutes, CD or DVD)


Reflections is always a PTA Member benefit!

The student or at least one person from their primary household must be a current member of the Local PTA/PTSA where the student is participating. Each Local PTA/PTSA may determine a date by which the member must join.


Entry Forms and Rules:

Students should download the Program Rules to ensure their art meets the requirements for each art category. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Student Entry form.


Student Program Rules Packet  English | Spanish
Student Entry Form   English | Spanish


Find out more at:



Visit the 2022-2023 Reflections Gallery to see examples of entries from last year.



For questions regarding Reflections, please contact Katherine Hoak at  pshs.reflections@gmail.com



Start dreaming up the 2025-2026 THEME!

Reflections Theme Search Entry Form – Deadline to submit themes is November 5, 2023!


When suggesting a theme, judges take into consideration:

  • Theme is unique, inspiring and unlike past program themes.
  • Theme is focused without being too narrow or too broad.
  • Theme is clear, concise and appropriate for all grade levels.
  • Theme is applicable to all arts categories.
  • Theme promotes PTA values.
  • Theme is relevant in 2 years.
  • Past themes and duplicate entries are not considered.


Reflections Theme Search Flier (PDF)

Past Reflections Program Themes (PDF)  English l Spanish



2022-2023 Reflections Program 



Congratulations to the below Plano Senior High School students who received the Award of Excellence this year for their entries at the district PTSA Reflections 2022-2023.


Hasya Magesh: received the Award of Excellence for Literature, titled MAMA BEAR

Madhalasa Iyer: received the Award of Excellence for Film Production, titled TILLING THE NIGHT SKY


About Reflections

Each year, students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are invited to create and submit original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Based on State PTA rules and guidelines, these works of art may be submitted for state and national level awards and recognition opportunities.


At Plano Senior the students win Trophies / medals for continuing their spirit of participation in the PTSA sponsored event.


Please encourage your children to participate, the THEME FOR 2023- 2024 is :  I Am Hopeful Because…!