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Become an Arts Advocate

PTA believes all students deserve the opportunity to take part in the arts, both in school and in the community. The arts can positively affect the entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance—which encourages students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in work and succeed in life!

According to Americans for the Arts, students involved in the arts are:

* 4 times more likely to participate in a science or math fair

* 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance

* 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement 

* 3 times more likely to be elected to class office

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National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts, which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art. This 50+ year old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful. The Reflections theme is Show Your Voice!

Local PTA Units first register their unit with The PTA unit then chooses which art categories their students will compete in. Students submit their completed works in one or all of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Students must participate in their Grade Category: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (students of all ages with an ADA Section 504). Students with the ADA Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.


The Local PTA Unit submits their winners to LAPTA by January 27, 2025. Please set your deadlines earlier to give yourself enough time to pick your winners. All winners are submitted through an online portal. Local Units must be Actively Affiliated with LAPTA by late October for their students to participate.

2026-27 Reflections Theme Search Entry 

The search is on for a future Reflections theme! Help National PTA pick the theme that will spark fun and creativity for a future Reflections program! The student who submits the final winning entry for National PTA will receive a $100 prize. We’re looking for the most original theme ideas. This means past themes and duplicate submissions will not be considered.

Enter Your Theme Now


Check out the past winning themes to make sure not to duplicate past themes.

2023-24 LAPTA Reflections Winners

Scroll through the pages to see the winners of all categories.

2023-24 LAPTA Reflections Theme Search Winners

Congratulations to the five students with winning Reflections Theme Search entries for 2025-26 who are advancing to the National PTA level! The themes are:

  • "Perfect in My Uniqueness" by Brooklyn

  • "You are more than ENOUGH" by Aliyah

  • "Doors open in learning and unleash the unimaginable" by Justin

  • "We can change the world" by Henry

  • "We can do more together" by D'Niylah


National PTA selected the overall winner with the theme, "I Belong!" Meet the contest winner Ben Morgan.

2023-24 LAPTA Kiki's Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023-24 Kiki's Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. Mrs. Geneva Camarena chose the recipient of the Outstanding Interpretation Award who is Aanya Abro! Mrs. Camarena is the widow of Kiki Camarena. Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.  In honor of Kiki's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents then began to form coalitions using Camarena as their model while embracing his belief that one person can make a difference. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. See

The Louisiana Seymore D’Fair Foundation celebrates their Kiki Red Ribbon Week School Celebration 2023 with the theme “I’m Better Drug-Free.”

2022-23 LAPTA Reflections Winners

Scroll through the pages to see the winners of all categories.

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