Can I submit more than one project?
Absolutely! Students may submit as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.

Can I submit a project with a partner or team?
No. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student's work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student's individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.

Can my parents help with my project?
No. See answer to question above.

Do I have to write an "artist's statement"?
Yes. This is required for each entry. Qualifying entries must include a project title and artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.

What is the judging criteria for projects advancing to the next level?
1) Interpretation - How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. (The artist statement -- which is part of the Entry Form -- is very important!)
2) Creativity - How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
3) Technique - The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles / techniques of the arts area.


The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.

State of Illinois PTA Reflections Website

National PTA Reflections Website


A huge congrats to Delilah Kamins from Churchville Middle School who won a Silver Medal at the National Level for her Film Production entry, "Shop For Your World"!! She won the Award of Excellence, receives a $200 Young Artist Scholarship, a Certificate of Excellence and will have her work featured in the Reflections traveling exhibition.

Reflections State Level Results - March 2022

The state level judging is complete for this year's Reflections program "I Will Change the World By..." We are excited to announce that Elmhurst had one entry, of 26 total for the state of Illinois, advancing to Nationals as well as Honorable Mentions being given to four D205 students. Congratulations to all the participants! The theme for the 2022-23 Reflections Program is "Show Your Voice!"

Advanced to the National Level – Film Production
Delilah Kamins * Middle School * Shop For Your World * Churchville Middle School PTA 

State Honorable Mention – Film Production 
Elorah Kamins * Intermediate * Elorah's Blood Adventure * Fischer PTA

State Honorable Mention – Music 
Zack Smith * Primary * Drums in the Dark * Jackson PTA Production
Nathan Martinez * Intermediate * Staying Strong and Positive * Field PTA  

State Honorable Mention – Visual Arts 
Samantha Casper * Intermediate * Reduce, Reuse, Recycle * Hawthorne PTA 

Reflections Update January 14, 2022

Congratulations to our 2 Sandburg students who are advancing to the State level for their Reflections entries!

  • Eden Brown, 6th Grade, Literature, "I Can Change The World By…"
  • Evelyn Kemmerer, 6th Grade, Literature, "Field of Life"

Their entires will go on to compete with other Illinois schools to potentially qualify for the national level!  Thank you also for everyone else who worked hard on their submissions. Please check out the complete list of all the students who have advanced to State throughout District 205.

Reflections Update January 5, 2022

Congratulations to the Sandburg Reflections Regional Level advancers!

  • Eden Brown (6th Grade, Literature)
  • Evelyn Kemmerer (6th Grade, Literature)
  • Daniella Martinez (6th Grade, Visual Art) 
  • Sophie Hummel (6th Grade, Visual Art)

Elmhurst D205 has a total of 45 students who are advancing to the Reflections Regional Level. Judging on the Regional level will take place over the next several weeks. We will be notified of those moving forward to the State level on January 15.
Also, GREAT NEWS! The 2022-2023 theme has been announced: "SHOW YOUR VOICE!" Start dreaming up ideas for your entries and ideas for the 2023-2024 theme! Submissions for both will be due Fall 2022.


The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.  

The theme this year is: I Will Change the World By... Reflections project categories include: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. There also is a Special Artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. 

No experience is required to participate and all grade levels are welcome.  It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home. Only individual, original works of art are accepted. No group projects are allowed. Once judged at the local level, the winners go on to the council and/or district judging. Those winners go to the Illinois PTA to receive recognition.   

Completed projects are due on Friday, November 22nd. All rules and regulations for each category, downloadable entry forms, and submission details can be found below.

If you have any other questions please contact Robert Castanares.


Click here (Spanish) to read the overall rules. Then, specific rules and regulations for each category are linked below.  Please carefully read the rules for specific categories. Failure to submit a proper entry form or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.


Entries are due November 22 and will be submitted by following the directions below:

  1. Make sure to review the Rules and Regulations outlined above before submitting.
  2. Complete the Student Entry Form (en español). (Fillable PDF; when completed print a copy and sign it.) Each project submission must include an official entry form. Feel free to attach an extra sheet if more room is needed for the Artist Statement, etc. 
  3. Drop off your work to Sandburg's Main Office:
  • Physical artwork (photography, visual arts, literature) and/or video file on a flash drive (dance, music, film/video) as specified for each type of entry
  • Label the physical artwork and/or flash drive as specified 
  • Include your printed out and signed entry form.
  • Include your artist statement.