Each year, the National PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme.  PTA Reflections Program is a popular art program that gives students an opportunity to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme.  Since 1969, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents by creating works of art for fun and recognition. 


The 2016-18 theme is: “What Is Your Story”

Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. All PTA units are encouraged to actively work with their building staff and related arts instructors to create opportunities for students to participate. To help with this process, Delaware PTA has created a Reflections toolkit to help you develop, promote and run the program in your school for the new theme.  In addition, DPTA has developed a Local Leaders Guide that details all requirements and associated forms for DPTA submissions.

Don’t have an active PTA/PTSA affiliate at your school? Contact us and we will show you how you can join Delaware PTA as a VIP member and submit an individual entry.

Don’t forget, we have a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program. The Special Artist Division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure that every student has the chance to be part of the National PTA Reflections® program.

Students are encouraged to submit works of art in six categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Musical Composition
  • Film Production
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts



November 18, 2016:    2018-19 Theme Search Contest entries are due to DPTA Office

January 27, 2017:    Up to 5 entries in every art category and grade division at local PTA/VIP Unit level are due to DPTA Office

Week of February 28, 2017: State Winners announced


Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program

Enhance PTA Arts Projects in Your School Community

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides matching dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs within their communities.

Apply for a Grant

Matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs to enhance arts education projects. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA.

Applications for projects starting in the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted January 10 through March 17, 2017.  Check National PTA  for additional information.  Grant applications will be available in January 2017.



2015 – 2016 DPTA Reflection Honorees

Video from April 2016 Delaware PTA Award Ceremony

DPTA National PTA Honorees

Sign up today!!! Any questions, please contact our Reflections Chair Terri Carpe at Terri.Carpe@delawarepta.org