Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps 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 not only in school but in life.


Students in grades K-12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2023-2024 program year is “I am Hopeful Because...” Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the six arts areas:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts


While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round.

Deadline for 2023 submission: December 1, 2023


Reflections Art Award Ceremony: March 4, 2024, 5-7p, IMS Commons

All participants and winners will be recognized at the ceremony with certificates and awards. In addition, visual arts and photography entries will be on display, select music composition pieces will be played, and digital participants (music, dance, film, literature) are invited to bring their own devices (ipad/laptops/phone) to show their work. 


Additional Showcase Opportunities

Yuan Ru Art Center Open House
There will be a weekend Open House Event at Yuan Ru Art Center in Bellevue where all Reflections entries will be displayed for friends and family of the Reflections artists to view. More info to follow in March.

MISD Administration Building
Select visual arts, photography, and literature entries will be displayed at the MISD Admin Building in April.

For more information on this year’s Reflections compeition please contact MI PTA Council
Reflections Chairs, Julie Hsieh and Jodi Thomas, at or visit


See Previous Award Recipients:

2023-2024 Contest Winners

2022-2023 Contest Winners

2021-2022 Contest Winners

2020-2021 Contest Winners

2019-2020 Contest Winners

2018-2019 Contest Winners

2017-2018 Contest Winners

2016-2017 Contest Winners
2015-2016 Contest Winners

2014-2015 Contest Winners 

Mercer Island PTAs


MI Community Scholarship Program

Our ability to honor deserving MIHS seniors depends on the generosity of our community. Learn more about the scholarship program and how your contribution can make a difference. We appreciate donations of any amount. Thank you for your support!