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 LouisianaPTA.org. 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 28, 2022, for their students to participate.
Introduction to Reflections
Watch "Introduction to Reflections" video from National PTA and see what the excitement is all about!
Register with LAPTA to Participate
All PTA Reflections Leaders MUST to register with LAPTA. This registration is required. National PTA has a pre-registration link but this is only to gauge interest in who will be participating in Reflections. See the latest Zoom Training dates provided by LAPTA.
See the latest Zoom training dates provided by LAPTA.
LAPTA accepts entries in all six Arts Categories. The Local PTA Unit can decide which Arts Categories their students can enter.
Eligible Local PTA Units can submit three entries from each Arts Category per Grade Category to LAPTA for judging at the state level. If your school has more than one Grade Category, you may submit three entries for each Grade Category. The Grade Categories are Primary (Pre-K to Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), and Special Artist (all students with an ADA Section 504).
ENTRY DEADLINE to LAPTA is January 15, 2023 through the online Student Entry Portal.
There will be six LAPTA state winners per Grade Category per Arts Category announced on March 1, 2023. We will celebrate our winners in person at the LAPTA Centennial Celebration on March 25, 2023!
Questions? Please contact us at arts.education@LouisianaPTA.org.
State Portal for Entry Submission
Louisiana PTA will have an online portal link for the Local PTAs to submit their winners to LAPTA some time in December. It will be posted as soon as the link is active.
Deadline: January 15, 2023
The deadline to submit your winners to LAPTA through the state portal (link coming in December) is January 15, 2023. Please set your own deadlines to receive entries with enough time to judge your entries and get them submitted to LAPTA.
Reflections Theme Contest For 2024-25
Students submit theme entries directly to LAPTA.
Deadline: November 10, 2022
Winners Announced: November 28, 2022
Submit Entries: https://form.jotform.com/221745830340147
The search is on for a future Reflections theme! National PTA’s Reflections art program has helped students 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 in school and in life.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. With this theme, students will create works of art in six categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.
Help us pick the theme that will spark fun and creativity for a future National PTA 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. The past list of themes can be found at the bottom of the submission form page linked below.
To participate, students go to https://form.jotform.com/221745830340147 to submit their entry directly with Louisiana PTA. They should check out the past winning themes at the bottom of the entry portal to make sure they do not duplicate past themes.