Reflections Arts Program

2019-2020 Theme: Look Within
Looking for something interesting to do over summer? GET INSPIRED by the Reflections Arts Program. Gather up some art supplies, writing paper or an old camera and tell your kids that the 2019-20 Reflections Art Program theme is "Look Within". Let their imaginations take them on an art adventure!

Students nationwide will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Use some of those lazy days of summer to create something spectacular!

Learn more about the Reflections Art Program at the CAPTA Reflections Page and the CAPTA Rules and Guidelines Page.

Contact PTA at your school for more information on deadlines and submission forms at your school. For general questions, email us at

The Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Reflections encourages students of all ages to:
  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.
Students may submit original creations in one or more of these six categories:
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition



Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention
  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention
For judging purposes, entries at the elementary school level are divided into 2 divisions:
  • Primary: Pre-K - 2nd grade
  • Intermediate: Grades 3 - 5
Entries are judged on the following 3 criteria:
  • Interpretation - How does your submission relate to the topic “Heroes Around Me” ? Use the artist statement section on the entry form to explain the connection between the submission(s) and the topic. (20 points)
  • Originality - How much independence of thought and idea has been expressed in the work. (10 points)
  • Technique - what unique skills have been used to create this piece (10 points)
Leila Hareb,
Oct 3, 2019, 8:24 AM
Leila Hareb,
Oct 3, 2019, 8:27 AM