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. Illinois PTA encourages all local PTA units to celebrate arts learning with the Reflections program.

Reflections is the National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative! Students are invited to create works of art in any of six different arts categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year. The six arts categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is "Within Reach"

Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like. Projects can only be submitted through a local unit PTA in good standing. From the local PTA, projects advance through a judging system through council, district, region, state and national levels of the program.

Mark your calendar for SPOTLIGHT '18 taking place at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. This day is a free celebration of arts for all children in Illinois including arts workshops, Reflections galleries, & student recognition. Watch for information in the coming months.

For additional information about Reflections and the arts in Illinois, visit

To be added to the state reflections chair email list or to start a PTA Reflections program in your school community, contact: Laura Murphy, Cultural Arts Director,

National PTA Reflections Results

2017-2018 Reflections Results

Additional Resources

Reflections Ribbon Order Form
PTA Reflections Program Submission Information
Fast Start - Reflections
Budgeting and Procedure Books
Media Release Template
Packaging Instructions
Advancing Projects Spreadsheet
17-18 Official Rules
17-18 Entry Form - ENG
17-18 Entry Form - SPA
17-18 Leader's Checklist
17-18 Local Leader's Guide - ENG
17-18 Local Leader's Guide - SPA
17-18 IL Official Rules - SPA
17-18 Reviewer Packet
17-18 Theme Search Entry Form
17-18 Theme Search Past Themes
17-18 Volunteer Sign-Up
17-18 IL Rules - Dance Choreography
17-18 IL Rules - Film Production
17-18 IL Rules - Literature
17-18 IL Rules - Music Composition
17-18 Rules - Photography Illinois
17-18 IL Rules - Special Artist
17-18 IL Rules - Visual Arts
Theme Search Contest Reviewer Instructions
Within Reach Hand Poster - Call for Entries -ENG
Within Reach Hand Poster - Call for Entries SPA


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