The National PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since it was founded in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, millions of students have benefited from this program.
The National PTA Reflections Program has opportunities for PTAs to promote arts in education.
Reflections Awards Program students in Pre-K through grade 12 create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.
In 2012, National PTA launched the Special Artist Division – a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet the American Disabilities Act guidelines. Qualifying students create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation or assistance from an adult. Or, qualifying students may choose to follow all general and arts category rules, but receive accommodation to submit Reflections entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.