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About Reflections...

Started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts.

Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor Reflections on their campus.

Students should consult their PTA to confirm they are sponsoring the program and to learn when and where to submit their entries. Students are encouraged to download the guidelines below to begin the creative process.

Reflections Chairs or Coordinators will find valuable resources in the Arts in Education Resource Guide. Promotional and recognition items are also available to help your program run as smoothly as possible.

Please do not download your Reflections documents from the National PTA website. The documents listed below have been customized for Texas PTA and are updated each year for your convenience.  

The Texas PTA Programs Department looks forward to working with you!

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2014-2015 Reflections Program

The World Would be a Better Place if... theme was submitted through the Theme Search Contest
by Mercedes Messer of Ezra Meeker Elementary PTA located in Washington.

Student Forms and Documents

Student Entry Form    English  Spanish  Coming Soon
Student Entry Form    English  Spanish  Coming Soon
Please note this form may be customized to include additional information that your PTA may require.

General Student Rules    English  Spanish 
Special Artist Division Rules    English  Spanish

Dance Choreography Rules    English  Spanish
Film Production Rules    English  Spanish
Literature Rules    English  Spanish
Musical Composition Rules    English  Spanish
Photography Rules    English  Spanish 
Visual Arts Rules    English  Spanish

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2013-2014 Reflections State-level Judging Results

Texas students Believed, Dreamed and Inspired for the 2013-2014 Reflections program, Believe, Dream Inspire. Of the 1,005 pieces that advanced to Texas PTA, we are proud to have awarded more than 400 students for their outstanding work! Students were recognized with Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, Award of Excellence, and Overall Award of Excellence.

Only 30 entries (one entry per grade division in each category) may be awarded the Overall Award of Excellence and advance to National PTA to compete in the final round of nationwide judging. We are excited to see these special entries advancing and hope our Texas students shine bright!

We anticipate that the program results from National PTA will be available in June. Nationally recognized students will receive communications directly from National PTA, and we will post the information on our website when the results are available.

Complete Program Results

All entries receiving an Overall Award of Excellence, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Honorable Mention will receive an invitation to attend our statewide awards ceremony on April 12, 2014. The ceremony will be held in Downtown Austin, and details will be communicated via this website and email as soon as information is available.

Overall Award of Excellence Results PDF File
All Overall Award of Excellence entries have been advanced to National PTA
for the final round of nationwide judging. Results will be available in June.

Primary (Pre-K - 2nd) Award Results PDF File
Intermediate (3rd - 5th) Award Results PDF File
Middle Junior (6th - 8th) Award Results PDF File
High School (9th - 12th) Award Results PDF File
Special Artist (Pre-K - 12th) Award Results PDF File

All Results For Entries Judged by Texas PTA PDF File
All entries not awarded will receive participation recognition via mail.

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Reflections Exhibit

Artwork from over 100 Texas students will be on display at the Texas Education Agency, the Legislative Budget Board and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The exhibits will be available for public viewing March 10th through April 30th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Reflections Exhibit List PDF File
Map of Austin Capital Complex PDF File

Texas Education Agency (TEA)
William B. Travis State Office Building
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
The artwork is displayed on the first floor.

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)
E. O. Thompson State Office Building
920 Colorado
Austin, TX 78701
The artwork is displayed on the fifth floor.

Legislative Budget Board (LBB)
Robert E. Johnson Building
1501 North Congress
Austin, Texas 78701
The artwork is displayed on the first floor.

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Advancing Entries and Basic Reflections Timeline
  • The typical Reflections timeline;

    Local PTA student deadline could be around the end of October
    Council/Area PTA deadline could be around the end of November or early December
    Texas PTA deadline is 5:00 pm, January 15th
    National PTA deadline is 5:00 pm, March 3rd
  • Local PTAs will advance 20% of their entries to the Council PTA or Area PTA level. If a Local PTA is not a member of a Council PTA, their entries are advanced to the Area PTA.

    Parents should confirm the deadline to submit entries with their Local PTA President or Arts in Education/Reflections Chair.  Texas PTA recommends that the Local PTA deadline is no later than three weeks prior to your Council PTA or Area PTA deadline.  Local PTAs must contact their Council or Area PTA for this deadline.
  • Council and Area PTAs will advance a maximum of 30 entries to Texas PTA as follows:
    One entry from each of the six arts categories and four traditional grade divisions (24 entries)
    One entry (Pre-K - 12) per arts category in the Special Artist Division (6 entries)

    All entries advancing to state-level judging must be received at the Texas PTA office no later than 5:00 pm on January 15.
  • Texas PTA will advance 30 entries to National PTA.  The results of state-level judging will be posted on the Texas PTA website no later than March 31.

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Local PTA (School-level) Reflections Chair Forms and Documents



Hosting a Successful Reflections Program for Local PTAs

Coming Soon!

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Council / Area PTA (School-district / Area-level) Reflections Chair Forms and Documents


Reflections for Council and Area PTAs - Supporting Local PTAs, Advancing Entries and Celebrating Success!

Coming Soon!


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Promotional and Recognition Resources

Permission to use the Believe, Dream, Inspire logo
is granted to all PTAs promoting their Reflections program.

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Timeline for Returning Reflections Artwork
  • Texas PTA will return all Visual Arts and Photography entries to the Reflections Chairs of each Council or Area from which artwork was received.
  • One shipment will be made to the Council/Area Chairs once the exhibit pieces have been returned to the State office around mid-May.
  • The Council or Area Reflections Chairs should arrange for the artwork to be delivered to their respective Local PTAs.

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Future Reflections Themes

2015 - 2016 Reflections Theme
Let Your Imagination Fly
Rachel Sperry
Northwood PTA
North Dakota

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