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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

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 15, 2023. 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 October 27, 2023, for their students to participate.

2022-23 LAPTA Reflections Winners

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

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