PTA Reflections Information

PTA Reflections Information

Announcing the 2017-2018 Reflections Theme!

Click here to access 2017/2018 Reflections forms and Reflections Chair Handbook.

“Within Reach”  PTA Reflections 2017-2018

The Reflections program is a great opportunity to get students involved in more cultural arts opportunities and for parents and families to get involved with PTA events at your school.  If you have never done Reflections, perhaps this is the year to try! Visit where there is a wealth of Reflections information.  Share informational flyers with teachers who might be able to use the theme as a class project (hint: art teacher or English teacher!).  Having an after school or Saturday afternoon activity group do Reflections artwork would be a great idea to help generate entries!  Or bring your children to a PTA meeting where they can work on Reflections artwork while the adults meet.  The basic rules are online so that you can easily refer to what is required in each art category.

Taking part in Reflections at your school is fun and rewarding.  Remember to register your unit online at National PTA, and then implement the program at your school in the way that works for you.  Send your winning 1st place entries to the MN PTA state office with the student entry form attached to artwork.  Include the unit participation form so that we can tally your total school participation.  Important dates to remember for next school year include February 6, 2018, which is the deadline for your 1st place entries in each division and age category to be in the state PTA office.

PTA Reflections is a great way to support the cultural arts and to get parents and students involved in an arts activity.   And what a great way to spend some time over the school breaks or holidays.  So have your students reflect on this year’s theme and create some art……Because making art is …..”Within Reach!”

Please let me know how I can help!

Lori Ortega,

About PTA Reflections

Since 1969, The National PTA Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents.  The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in our schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film, and special artist categories. The Reflections program helps parents encourage their children to express themselves in this contest based on a changing theme each year.  It is a great way to promote art in your school through your PTA unit.

Students participate in the Reflections Program through their local PTA unit.

  • They may submit entries in any of the six arts areas and may enter more than one work.
  • Only original works of art are accepted.
  • Any PTA unit in good standing may sponsor a Reflections program in their school/community.

Click here to access 2017/2018 Reflections forms and Reflections Chair Handbook.

It is the responsibility of your PTA to organize, promote and encourage participation in Reflections in your school(s).  Each unit must also determine a judging process to select entries to be forwarded to the Minnesota PTA for participation at the state level. Please see specific rules.  State winners are recognized at a statewide ceremony in the spring.  The PTA unit may also organize a local display of artwork.  Involving the community in implementing this program is a way to celebrate the importance of quality arts education for all children.  Units serving Spanish-speaking students may obtain a copy of the rules in Spanish by calling the Minnesota PTA office or e-mailing MNPTA with your request.

Thank you for your time and dedication to the students of your community!

Questions? Please contact Lori Ortega,


Click here for the 2017 Reflections Winners