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 2016-2017 school year is "What is your story."

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 '17 taking place at Millikin University on Saturday, May 13 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: Joan Scovic Cultural Arts Director Illinois PTA

National PTA Reflections Results For projects from Illinois PTA 2015-2016 Program Year

2016-2017 Reflections Results

Additional Resources

Reflections Ribbons Order Form
16-17 Rules Official Rules
16-17 Rules Official Rules - SPA
Advancing Projects Spreadsheet
Fast Start-Reflections
Budgeting and Procedure Books
PTA Reflections Media & More
Reflections Template Press Release
Packaging Instructions
Reflections Flyer-English and Spanish
Donation Request Letter
Speaker Request Letter
Reflections Information Request Flyer fillable
Reflections Information Request Flyer fillable-Spanish
National Awards
Information for Judges
Judging Score Card
Template Certificate
Art of Family Engagement
Reflections Celebration Guide
Theme Search Entry Form & Past Themes
Theme Search Entry SPA
Bookmark template - fillable
Tips for Promotion
2016 Reflections Poster
Reflections Guide for Online Portals - Illinois
Reflections Tools Volunteer Sign-Up

Local Leaders

Local Leaders Guide to Reflections
Student Entry Form
Student Entry Form SPA
Local PTA Participation Form
Reflections Form Council PTA Registration & Participation
Reflections Form District PTA Registration & Participation
Reflections Form Region PTA Registration & Participation
Thank-you Letter for Volunteers
Advancing Projects Spreadsheet
Program Evaluation
16-17 Rules Dance Choreography
16-17 Rules Film Production
16-17 Rules For Participation
16-17 Rules Literature
16-17 Rules Music Composition
16-17 Rules Photography
16-17 Rules Special Artist
16-17 Rules Visual Arts
16-17 Rules Dance Choreography SPA
16-17 Rules Film Production SPA
16-17 Rules Literature SPA
16-17 Rules Music Composition SPA
16-17 Rules Photography SPA
16-17 Rules Special Artist SPA
16-17 Rules Summary SPA
16-17 Rules Visual Arts SPA


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