PTSA Reflections

  • 2023 - 2024 Reflections Theme "I am Hopeful Because..." Entries due Monday, October 2, 2023

    National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

    The Reflections Art Program 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 and abilities 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.

    Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated annually at National PTA's Convention & Expo in June. National PTA then collects and curates the traveling exhibit for the next year. To learn more, visit our Awards Page.

    Submissions Format and Mounting Requirements

    Be sure you closely follow the CAPTA directions for your art category (Visual Arts, Film, etc…) found here:CAPTA Rules & Guidelines.These include:

    Visual Art or Photography
    -Mount your artwork (Visual Art or Photography) on black foam core or cardboard covered in black paper, using tape. ( See rules for 3D work on the capta website.)
    -Foam core mounting: use masking tape or other adhesive to mount artwork in center of foam core, make sure to have a 1-4 inch border of black showing, like a frame. (not to exceed size 24"x30" including border for Visual Arts, 11"x14" including border for photography). 
    -Remember to tape your Entry Form to the back of your mounted artwork! 
    -The Reflections committee will wrap your work with cellophane wrap.

    -Must be submitted on 8.5"x11" paper and be up to 2,000 words. Visit CAPTA website for acceptable forms to submit.

    Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film 
    -Submissions must not exceed 5 minutes. Visit the CAPTA website for acceptable forms to submit. 

    General Information and Forms

    Students are responsible for following the PTSA Reflections guidelines & for turning in a complete registration form.
    This year's deadline is Monday, October 2.
    Turn your entries in to the Redwood office, in the Big Box.

    Reflections Rules by Category

    Categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Special Artist 

    Click HERE for Rules by Category (English & Spanish)


    Redwood Art in Previous Years