2016-17 Reflections Arts Contest: What is Your Story?

Reflections is a National PTA arts competition that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents. This year’s theme is “What is Your Story?”

Reflections takes original student submissions, inspired by the theme, in the area of visual art, photography, literature, music composition, film and dance choreography.  There is also an optional “special artist” category for students who have a disability, qualifying under the ADA.

Reflections starts at the local level.  Local PTSAs organize a contest at their schools and select which works to advance to the city level.  Works are then further judged with opportunities for advancement to state and national levels.  Last year, students from Washington state won more awards at the national level than any other state except Utah!

This year, the submission deadline is November 20. Each school can submit up to 12 pieces to advance to the council level, or 20 percent of their total number of entries, whichever is the larger number.

Follow these steps to ensure a successful program in your school:

See the 2016-2017 Reflections Toolkit: What Is Your Story? on that National PTA website for a more complete step-by-step process and best practices for hosting your program. You will also find more info and student entry forms on the Washington State PTA website.

For help getting started at your school, contact Liza Rankin at

Read about last year’s Reflections Contest and view the list of finalists and their artwork here.