Reflections 2014-15

Reflections Arts Contest: Now is the time to get started!

Reflections is a National PTA arts competition that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents.  The theme for next year’s Reflections is ‘Let Your Imagination Fly.”

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!

A complete explanation of the program and how to participate at your school can be found in the WA state PTA Reflections Guide.

Key dates:
November 23 – All entries due to Seattle Council PTSA
December 5 – Art on display at Seattle Center (through January 3)
December 6 – Artists Reception at Seattle Center 2-3 PM
January 3 – Recognition Ceremony at Seattle Center 2-3 PM

For help getting started at your school, contact Lauren Marshall, or

Here is a template you can use to advertise the program at your school


pta reflectionsDesigned to enhance rather than replace a quality arts education, the national PTA® Reflections Program℠ provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts.

PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage). For more than 40 years, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson.

Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to their local PTA or PTSA. Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor a Reflections Program.


The theme for the 2015-16 school year will be,”Let Your Imagination Fly!”  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.

Each fall, thousands of students submit concepts for a future Reflections theme to their State PTA organizations. CLICK HERE to submit your entries for the 2015-16 school year

See details for Seattle Council PTSA Deadline and turn in location times on our Calendar!

Congratulations to the WSPTA Reflections Award Winners 2014-2015

“The World would be a better place if…”

Film Production (Grades 6-8)

Outstanding Interpretation Hannah M.  5 Green and Endangered Frogs Hamilton Middle PTSA

Award of Merit Addison Marie L. The world you wish you could not see  Whitman Middle PTSA

Literature (Grades 3-5)

Award of Merit Stella C.  If the World would be a Better Place Loyal Heights PTA

Music Composition (Grades Pre-K through Grade 2)

Award of Merit   Ellie G.   A Better Place   Laurelhurst PTA

Photography (Grades 6-8)

Outstanding Interpretation Athena P.  The world would be a better place if there was a cure Einstein Middle PTSA

Reflections 2015 view artwork here

The world would be a better place if…, the 2014-15 Reflections program theme, was submitted through the Reflections Theme Search Contest by Mercedes Messer of Puyallup, Washington. When asked what inspired her theme, Mercedes said, “Our world, because I care about it and wanted to know other kids’ ideas on how we could make it a better place.”

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Believe, Dream, Inspire ”….

The theme for PTA’s 2013–14 Reflections Program was Believe, Dream, Inspire. This theme was submitted through the Reflections Theme Search Contest by Julie Lampert of Waverly Park PTA, located in East Rockaway, New York.

“My Inspiration for the theme came from my experience in competitive sports. I hope that students across the country will strive to make their dreams become a reality,” Julie writes.

Congratulations to all!  For Additional information email: