Reflections 2020-2021

Reflections Entry Form & Rules


  1. Official Rules for each Category is linked below. Feel free to visit for more details.
  2. Have your child come up with an original idea for their entry around this year’s theme “I Matter Because…”.
  3. Fill out the ENTRY FORM and attach your child’s entry within the Google Form. Be sure to fill out the form in its entirety.
  4. Entry is due Monday, October 12, 2020.

Five decades. Ten million students. And you!


“I Matter Because…”

That’s the theme for the 2020-21 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.

Click here to see the winners of the 2019-2020 Reflections Art Program.


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

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 Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

To allow student artworks to be recognized and judged with the appropriate developmental age and skill levels in mind, the Reflections Program is organized by school grade, offering 5 divisions:

  •      Primary – Preschool-Grade 2
  •      Intermediate – Grades 3-5
  •      Middle/Junior – Grades 6-8
  •      Senior – Grades 9-12
  •      Special Artist – Non-Graded

Special Artist Division

This year a new division of the Reflections program was introduced – the Special Artist Division. This is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines in the American Disabilities Act.

Qualifying students create their own artwork. But, they may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult.

Students who qualify for the Special Artist Division may choose to enter in the traditional four grade divisions.

If this is the case, students will follow all general and arts category rules, but may submit an entry in the grade division most closely aligned to their cognitive or functional abilities. The student is then recognized and awarded as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges.

State-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees receive:

  • Onstage recognition at the California State PTA Annual Convention
  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Outstanding Interpretation plaque, award and certificate

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medallion, award and certificate

State-level Award of Merit honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Merit medallion and certificate

National-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artwork, along with any National Award of Excellence and Merit winners, are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit. See the winners.


Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works. The 2021-22 finalists sent to National PTA judging were:

California State PTA Finalists:

Submitted by Shreya Srinivas, Irvington High School PTSA
Peralta District PTA

Submitted by Caitlin Ortiz, Park Western/Harbor Magnet Elementary School
Tenth District PTA

Submitted by Michael Camacho, Truman Benedict PTA
Fourth District PTA

Submitted by Luca Rafeh, Wood Ranch PTA
Twelfth District PTA

Submitted by Alexandra Page, California High PTA
Thirty-Second District PTA


Help us pick the theme idea that will spark fun and creativity during the 2022—2023 Reflections program! The student who submits the winning entry will receive a $100 prize from National PTA.

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.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts in response to a student-selected theme.

Past themes and duplicate submissions are not considered. This means we’re looking for the most original theme ideas.

To participate, please submit your theme idea online by November 1, 2020.


The theme selected by National PTA for 2020-2021 is “I Matter Because . . .”, which was submitted by Rylee Stier, a student from Burney Elementary School in Burney, California. The 2021-2022 theme is “I Will Change the World By . . .”.

Please review themes from previous years before submitting a theme for 2022-2023, as past themes will not be considered for future submission.   For additional information and questions about the annual Reflections theme search, please contact National PTA at