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California State Reflections 2024-25 Theme Search Finalists, 

Congratulations to IHS student, Amanda Lai (10th grade), for her theme search selection, "My Journey Begins...," at state level reflections! Her theme has advanced to the national reflections level for consideration. Way to go Amanda!

Who can Participate?

IHS PTSA invites ALL students - amateurs as well as trained artists - to participate in the annual arts recognition program.  Participation is very easy. So, don't hold yourself back, let your imagination and creativity take you on an exciting journey.

How to Participate?

1.  Create original artwork with the 2022-23 theme: “Show Your Voice"

2.  Submit an entry (only one) in one or more number of categories given below.

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts (includes 3D art)  

 3.  This year, Reflections will be run virtually and you can find the entry form here:

4. Deadline: October 26th

5. General rules: General Reflections Rules - California State PTA (

Rules by Category (English):

Reglas por Categoría (Espanol):


For more information:

Web Resources:

New to Reflections? Learn about the program here

What is Reflections?

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.

Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:

  • Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the joy and fun 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

As an added bonus, showcasing and celebrating student talent, the Reflections Program increases community awareness of the importance of the arts in education.
Who can Participate?

All students attending a school with a PTA in good-standing are eligible to participate.

How are submissions judged?

Volunteer arts and education experts review submissions without knowledge of the entrants’ identity. Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. The judges use the following three criteria for evaluating the art work:

  • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. 
  • Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
  • Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.    

What recognition will the participants get?

Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by National PTA.

  • Entries are first judged and celebrated by the local PTA unit
  • Selected entries are sent to the council and district PTA levels
  • Winning entries at the council/district levels are then advanced to the state level

Following are recognitions students get at state and national level:
See award-winning artwork at state and national level:
2021 CAPTA Winner Entries and 2022 National winner entries

California State PTA Reflections Awards

State-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees receive:

  • Onstage recognition at the California State PTA Annual Convention
  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Outstanding Interpretation plaque, award and certificate

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medallion, award and certificate

State-level Award of Merit honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Merit medallion and certificate

National Awards and Prizes

Of the national-level submissions, over 200 student Reflections participants will receive the following awards from National PTA:

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit

Reflections Theme Search 2023-24

The search is on for the 2023-24 theme!

Reflections art program can’t start without a theme, and that’s where you come in!

Every year, one winning student's theme is selected by a team of National PTA volunteers. The winning student is awarded $100, national recognition and the honor of inspiring hundreds of thousands of artists across the nation as they participate in the Reflections program.

To submit your theme in the contest, go to Reflections Theme Search

Please review past themes, as these will not be considered for future submission.

For additional information send an email to