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 2018-2019 school year is “Heroes Around Me”

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 ’19 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,

Reflections Theme Advancers

2018-2019 Illinois State PTA National Advancer & Honorable Mention

Additional Resources

Local Leader’s Guide
Student Packet
Budgeting and Procedure Books
PTA Reflections Media & More
Theme Search Packet
Rules Dance Choreography – Illinois
Rules Film Production Illinois
Rules Literature Illinois
Rules Music Composition Illinois
Rules Photography Illinois
Rules Special Artist Illinois
Rules Visual Arts Illinois
Reflections Submission Information
District PTA Participation Form
Region PTA Participation Form
State Advancing Projects Spreadsheet
Packaging Instructions
Donation Request Letter
Speaker Request Letter
Program Evaluation
Thank you Letter for Volunteers
Reflections Poster-fillable
Reflections postcard

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