National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.The 2019 -2020 theme is "Look Within". 

Denton Community Council of PTAs invites you to participate

in our 2019 -2020 Reflections program! 

For questions, please contact us at 




Local PTA Eligibility

Any Local PTA/PTSA that attains Active Status no later than October 31, is eligible to sponsor Reflections on their campus.


Important Dates

Council Entry Advancement Deadline 

4:00 PM, Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Denton ISD Main Office 

 Remember to send the Advancing Entry Spreadsheet to


District Awards Ceremony


Spring 2020 (exact date/time TBD)


resources for local Leaders


student entry forms & Rules

The Reflections program is open to all Texas students who meet the necessary requirements.  Students should download the Program Rules to ensure their art meets the requirements for each art category. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Student Entry form.


Student Program Rules English | Spanish
Student Entry Form   English | Spanish

Artist Statement

In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you. ​How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on your artwork AND your artist statement is 50% of the score. Here are a few things to think about when creating your artist statement:

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme? 
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?  
  • What/Who was your inspiration?

Follow your school's PTA deadlines and instructions on how to enter. For inspiration visit the national award-winning Reflections Art Gallery.

Awards & Recognition

Each level of Reflections judging will determine how and when their participating students are celebrated. Here is an outline of the awards and recognition received if the entry advances to Texas PTA and National PTA.



National PTA seeks a theme for the 2021-2022 Reflections program year. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the 124th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in June 2020. 


Reflections Theme Search Entry Form - Deadline for theme submissions: November 5, 2019


When suggesting a theme, judges take into consideration:

  • Theme is unique, inspiring and unlike past program themes.
  • Theme is focused without being too narrow or too broad.
  • Theme is clear, concise and appropriate for all grade levels.
  • Theme is applicable to all arts categories.
  • Theme promotes PTA values.
  • Theme is relevant in 2 years.
  • Past themes and duplicate entries are not considered

Past Reflections Program Themes (PDF)  English l Spanish



Please use the Advancing Entry Spreadsheet that you received via email, or locate the spreadsheet using the Google Drive link listed above. Using this form simplifies the process on Council's end.  Please use this form and NOT the form provided on the Texas PTA website. We've added a column called "artist statement" to the form. We will need that completed on a local level so that we don't have to key in the artist statements for well over 200 entries. We appreciate your help with this!
In submitting your advancing entries, please read each category's submission requirements and make certain your entries meet those requirements.  For example, visual arts entries are to be mounted before advanced to the next level.
Please be certain your advancing entries meet the membership requirements. At the top of each student entry form there is a signature block to verify membership of the advancing entry.  Please make certain these are completed or we cannot accept your advancing entries.


about arts in education

The goal of PTA’s Arts in Education program is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools to provide opportunities for all students to explore and be involved in the arts.

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program —support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. When PTAs and schools work together to support arts education, they:

  • Encourage all students—despite individual challenges—to explore ideas, express their individuality and support their peers in a positive way;
  • Provide all students with an academic advantage by increasing student engagement and teacher effectiveness, which leads to increased school attendance rates and social connectedness among students; and
  • Enhance family engagement by connecting families and schools to one another and to their communities.

Schools and PTAs committed to quality learning in the arts can identify opportunities together for families to take an active role in support of arts education.



Dates for 2019-2020

Watch for emails from Council President, Suzanne Danhof