Arts and Reflections

Congratulations to our National PTA Reflections Winners!

New York sent 28 Reflections winners to the National level of competition. National PTA had over 1,000 entries. 205 winners were picked from 40 states. New York had eight winners! There were five Award of Excellence winners and three Award of Merit winners.

Congratulations to:

Award of Excellence Winners

  • Jason Kasnicki from Casey Middle School PTSA; Music Composition – Intermediate; Western
  • Griffin Hon from Harry B. Thompson Middle School PTSA; Film Production – Middle School; Nassau
  • Isabella Ramirez from Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA; Dance Choreography – High School; Nassau
  • Ruby King from Richard P. Connor PTA; Visual Arts- Primary; Central Hudson

Award of Merit Winners

  • Isabel Ramsey from Medina Central School PTSA; Visual Arts – High School; Niagara
  • Alexandra Francois from Plaza PTA; Dance Choreography – Intermediate; Nassau
  • Nicole Champlin from Martha Brown PTSA; Music Composition-Middle School; Genesee Valley
  • Giovanni Mincin from Polk Street School PTA; Music Composition-Primary; Nassau

Thank you to all the volunteers that make our Reflections program possible! We hope more units will participate next year. Thanks for supporting the arts in New York!

2018-19 NYS Reflections Winners

Congratulations to all our 2019 Reflections Award of Excellence and Award of Merit winners.

On March 1, 2019, NYS PTA submitted 28 Award of Excellence entries to National PTA for further judging and recognition. At the state level, we also awarded 107 Award of Merit entries.

Thank you to all our regions who participated. Almost every region had at least one Award of Excellence or Award of Merit winner.

Click HERE for a list of all the winners.

The National PTA Reflections Program welcomes students of all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Students reflect on a theme, create original works of art and earn positive recognition for their achievements. Any PTA/PTSA held in good standing may take part in Reflections.

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Get Ready for Reflections 2019-2020

Although Reflections has wrapped up for this school year, you can get a jump-start on next years’ program!

Reflections Theme for 2019-2020 is Look Within.

Get a head start and REGISTER your 2019-2020 Reflections program now!

Run Your Unit’s Reflections Program



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Reflections Theme Search

National PTA is looking for the 2021-2022 Reflections Program Theme.

Is your PTA challenging students to submit ideas to the National PTA Theme Search Contest? Find out more HERE!

Reflections Theme for 2019-2020 is Look Within.

Reflections Theme for 2020-2021 is I Matter Because…

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant

This grant from National PTA awards two local PTAs with $1,000 in matching funds for student-centered programs that increase access to high-quality arts learning experiences and provides new pathways for students to participate in Reflections. In line with Mary Lou Anderson’s belief in the importance of the arts for all students, this grant opportunity places special emphasis on increasing access to arts education among at-risk and under-served students.

Click HERE for more info and grant application.

2017-18 Reflections Winners – “Within Reach”

In 2017-18, thousands of students across the country and in US schools overseas contributed their original works to be considered for PTA’s highest honor in the arts, with the theme Within Reach.

It is our privilege to announce the eight 2017-18 National PTA Reflections Award Winners from New York:

National PTA Award of Excellence

Hannah Cheeseman from John G. Dinkelmeyer PTA; Photography – Special Artist; Nassau Region

Griffin Hon from Harry B Thompson Middle School PTSA; Film Production – Middle School; Nassau Region

Harshita Shet from Woodlands PTSA; Visual Arts – Middle School; Westchester-East Putnam Region

Letao Tao from Garden City PTA; Film Production – Primary; Nassau Region

National PTA Award of Merit

Keshav Kaushik Gopal from Blind Brook PTA; Music Composition – Primary; Westchester-East Putnam Region

Brianna Martinez from Harrison High School PTA; Photography – High School; Westchester-East Putnam Region

Tess O’Brien from Blind Brook PTA; Literature – High School ; Westchester-East Putnam Region

Lily Tierney from Woodhull School PTA; Literature – Middle School; Suffolk Region