All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts.
The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It 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 artwork. Each year, students in
Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance
choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
In 2012, the Special Artist Division emerged as an optional division for students whose physical,
cognitive, or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines. Please check with your state PTA
office regarding state availability, guidelines and rules.
The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program, in particular—can be a valuable tool for
building stronger partnerships in your school community