Picturing America

A pilot project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People program, “Picturing America” has been created to promote the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture in K-12 schools through examples of the nation’s most significant works of art and architecture and to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships between school library media specialists, art teachers, classroom instructors, and other educators. “Picturing America” will provide 500 public and private schools with a collection of 20 double-sided, laminated posters depicting works of American art; related reading lists; and a 100-page resource booklet with information about the paintings, sculpture, architecture, and crafts reproduced. Applicants must describe how the images and curriculum materials will be used by educators and school library media specialists to deepen students’ understanding of the nation’s history and culture through an introduction to some of America’s art treasures. The images must remain on display during the September 2007 through May 2008 grant term. Applications must also address the school’s plans for future use of the images.

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