Skip to main content


2017 PTA Reflections

PTA Reflections is a school, state, and national art contest which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969.

The Carthay PTA is proud to host this program in 2017 in advance of opening its own student art gallery at the school.

Please read below for information about the program.  For questions, contact Carthay PTA Arts Chair Caterina Mercante.  

Entry forms can be picked up from the display on the PTA table in the main hallway, or downloaded here:


  • Reflections Entry Form 2017-2018
  • Visual Arts Rules
  • Music Rules
  • Dance Rules
  • Film Production
  • Literature Rules
  • Special Artist Division Rules
  • Photography Rules


“Within Reach”

That’s the theme for the 2017-2018 Reflections Art Program, and California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront 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.

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts.

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

The official rules are available here in English and Spanish.

General Reflections Info:



Theme search '18-'19

Geneal information



Submit a theme

This form must be filled out by October 27th.