Reflections Arts Program

Encourage creativity and lifelong learning while offering recognition for artistic endeavors. The National PTA Reflections program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students in preschool through grade 12.

2022-23 NCPTA State Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the many talented students across North Carolina who placed at the state level of the National PTA Reflections Contest, an Arts Recognition Program that encourages students to explore their talents and express themselves.

View the full listing of State Winners HERE.

View the Winners Entries Here!

First-place winners have moved on to the National level of competition. NCPTA will celebrate these young artists on Sunday, April 2, 2023 on the campus of UNC-Greensboro during the 2023 NCPTA Convention.

Register to attend the 2023 Reflections Celebration at

Again, Congratulations!


NCPTA Reflections Arts Program Life to Leaders Recording from September 19, 2022

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Is your local or council participating in Reflections this year? Come to this LifeLine for Leaders to ask questions, get additional information, and learn more about how to make your Reflections program a success.  Who should attend—Council Presidents (or a designee), Council Reflection Chairs, Local Unit Presidents (or a designee), Local Unit Reflection Chairs


2022-2023 Reflections “Show Your Voice”

"Show Your Voice" is the theme for the 2022-23 Reflections Art Program, which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. North Carolina PTA is proud to be apart 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.

Click here to check out the 2021-2022 "I Will Change the World By..." winners!


Reflections Leaders Guide, Rules, and NCPTA Specific Guidelines

Note: Only PTAs in good standing may participate in the Reflections Program.

*All participants need to be a paid PTA member. For Elementary students, this can be a parent/guardian membership and for middle/high school students this should be a student membership. 


Local Leaders Guide

The Reflections Leaders Guide contains everything you need to know to successfully administer a Reflections Program at your school and/or council. Please take the time to read this important guide.



The Special Artists Division of the Reflections Arts Program offers modified rules and guidelines for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504.  Learn more below in the Special Artists category.


All entries must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines and instructions provided by NCPTA. Please review the handbook, instructions and guidelines carefully and contact NCPTA if you have any questions.

Spanish Resources Note:
Please note there are several North Carolina specific requirements that are not required by the National PTA and therefore may not be on the Spanish forms/rules. Please be sure to give both the Spanish and English Rules translations to any of your students that request the Spanish forms to prevent disqualifications. The student entry form must be submitted in English. There are several questions on the second part of the form that all students must answer.

Submission & Participation Forms

Student Entry Form & Packet (fillable PDFs):
*Please note- all participants need to be a paid PTA member. For Elementary students, this can be a parent/guardian membership and for middle/high school students this should be a student membership.*

Participation Forms- * Required- To Be Completed by Reflections Chairs*

*For North Carolina Students to be eligible to participate in Reflections, the student must be a PTA member. For Elementary students, this can be through their parent/guardian having a membership. For Middle/High School students, this should be through a student membership of a North Carolina PTA.*

Council Contacts and Entry Requirements

If you are a local PTA unit and there is an active PTA Council in your county, you must submit Reflections entries through the appropriate PTA Council. This Information Will Be Provided Soon.

Please Be Sure to Check Back Here If Your Are A Local Unit in a County Listed Below:

  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro
  • Charlotte/Mecklenburg
  • Cumberland
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Guilford
  • New Hanover
  • Wake
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth


Council Contact Person Contact Email Council Deadline
Chapel Hill/ Carrboro  Cassie Ford [email protected] 12/12/22
Charlotte/Mecklenburg Jackie Turnwald [email protected] 12/23/22 by        5 pm
Cumberland Margie Maddox [email protected]  12/16/22
Durham  Jennifer Hemerlein [email protected] 12/2/22 by 11:59pm
Guilford Erin Oliver [email protected]  12/2/22 by 5pm
New Hanover Helen Mauney [email protected] 11/30/22
Wake Sandy Fogleman [email protected] 11/18/22
Winston-Salem/Forsyth Donald Dunn [email protected] 11/21/22 by 5pm

Tips for Navigating Reflections In Person or Virtually

During the COVID-19 pandemic, National PTA and participating PTA units across the country learned new and successful ways to manage the Reflections program. Check out this In Person or At Home Reflections resource to find some of the most impactful tips and tricks discovered.

Diversity in the Arts

Diversity Arts Celebration Guide– use the steps in the Diversity Arts Celebration Guide to enhance your PTA’s efforts in celebrating diversity in the arts. By doing so, your PTA offers students positive reinforcement for participation in arts programs, while also fostering inclusivity for your entire community.

Diversity in the arts pledge– take the diversity in the arts pledge to highlight your PTA’s commitment to furthering diversity in the arts. PTAs can even customize this version (en español) to make the pledge specific to their community.

2022- 2023 Reflections Promotional Tools and Image Bank

Reflections At-Home Activities (en español)- Check out these at-home Reflections inspired activities. Share this one-pager out with your members and their families to help encourage families to create!


Category Images

Dance ChoreographyFilm ProductionLiteratureMusic CompositionPhotographySpecial ArtistVisual Arts


Social Media Theme Images

Reflections Program Wrap Up

Sample Thank you Letter for Volunteers (en español)

Student Participation Certificate

Spanish Materials

If you are in need of materials in Spanish, please contact the State office at [email protected].

2020-2021 NCPTA Reflections State Winners

I Matter Because…

NCPTA applauds students and PTA families across the state for participating in PTA Reflections, a national arts recognition program that encourages students to explore their talents and express themselves. First-place winners moved on to the National PTA competition. National winners will be announced in early May!

Click here for the full list of 2020-21 Reflections State-Level Winners

In case you missed it! NCPTA celebrated the State Reflections winners at the NCPTA Virtual Reflections Celebration on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Click here to watch the Virtual Reflections Celebration!

NCPTA has created a gallery of the 2020-2021 Reflections “I Matter Because…” state-level winners. Enjoy!

2020-2021 State Reflections Promotional Video!

Listen as Gabriel Irving, NCPTA’s 2019-20 National Interpretation Award Winner shares his experiences and encourages participation in the Reflections Program.

2019-2020 Reflections “Look Within”

2018-2019 Reflections “Heroes Among Us”

2017-2018 Reflections “Within Reach”

2016-2017 Reflections “What Is Your Story?”

2015-2016 Reflections “Let Your Imagination Fly”

2014-2015 Reflections “The world would be a better place if…”

2013-2014 Reflections “Believe, Dream, Inspire”

2012-2013 Reflections “The Magic of a Moment…

2011-2012 Reflections “Diversity Means…”

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