Reflections Art Program

“I am Hopeful Because...” is the theme for the 2023-24 Reflections Art Program, which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. This amazing program increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Encourage the arts and recognize student artwork through the PTA Reflections Program.

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 for all the resources you will need to run a successful Reflections program at your school.


Contact your Council PTA Reflections Chair or Ninth District PTA Reflections chairman, Mary Patterson,

Upcoming Training for Council & Unit Leaders to plan for Reflections

I am Hopeful Because…You are not alone in your reflections journey. Please share with your units and councils the following training dates!

TrainingDate & TimeRegistration Link
Reflections - Get Your Program Started!Tuesday, Aug 22 @ 7pm
Virtual Form TrainingTuesday, Aug 29 @ 7pm
Virtual JudgingTuesday, Sept 26 @ 7pm

More about Reflections…

Membership in PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections program.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them 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.

Curious about the history of the National PTA Reflections Program?
Check out the “Timeline” of the program and be inspired by its history and purpose –

Form Template for Reflections

Councils and Units can use this link to create their form.

Units and Councils are encouraged to rename their form to replace "Template" with "Unit Name_Council_District #_" Remember they do need to "Restore" the missing file folders. This will allow the unit to collect the art entries for every category.

Please do not change the questions or columns in this form. We need to keep the format the same so that when they get transferred to each level for judging there will be no columns offset.

Reflections Theme Search

Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works.

Submit your Theme search entries between September 1, 2023 and 5:00 pm, November 1, 2023.

I Am Hopeful Because...

Annual Theme Search Contest


Students can participate in the Annual Theme Search Contest according to their State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. Through our annual search process, one winning student's theme will inspire the hundreds of thousands of student artists that participate in the Reflections program. The winning student will also receive a $100 award and national recognition. View the past 50+ years of winning themes

2023-2024 Theme

Thanks to Alice Meko from Hampton Cove Elementary PTA in Alabama who submitted the 2023-2024 Reflections theme: I Am Hopeful Because...

2024-2025 Theme

Congratulations to the most recent winner of the Annual Theme Search Contest: Paige Opaska from Barbara Bush Middle School PTA in Texas! Paige’s submission, Accepting Imperfection, will be the 2024-2025 Reflections theme.

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