Reflections is America’s oldest and largest Arts Education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original creative work. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through Film Production, Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

The 2023-24 theme is: “I am hopeful because…”

Students will reflect on the theme and create original creative work 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, PTA has created a Reflections toolkit to help you develop, promote and run the program in your school for the new theme.  In addition, PTA has developed a Local Leaders Guide that details all requirements and associated forms for entries.

Don’t have an active PTA/PTSA affiliate at your school? Join Delaware PTA as a VIP member and submit your group members’ or individual entries.

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 seven categories:

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

Please review the  Reflections toolkit for details and contact Delaware PTA Board Members Kelly Coffey and Julie Alvarez with any questions