Engage! Picturing America through Civic Engagement is a pilot program targeting young adult audiences through dynamic discussions that utilize the visual arts as springboards to civic engagement. Project funding has been provided by the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust and from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
This month EDSITEment highlights the Statue of Liberty and Thomas Hart Benton’s The Sources of Country Music as well as resources for United States history, world history, literature and language arts, and arts and culture.
Monthly Feature: Lady Liberty
Lamenting the fact that your library doesn’t have a set of Picturing America posters? Here’s an excellent opportunity to not only receive the posters, but a $2,000 programming grant as well. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have expanded the terms of the Picturing America Programming Grant so that all public libraries are considered eligible to apply.
The ALA Public Programs Office announced five new reading and discussion themes based on the popular “Let’s Talk About It” model and inspired by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Picturing America collection.
Update: The attendees have been chosen. See below for the list of libraries.
You are invited to apply to participate in a very special opportunity that will enhance and expand the Picturing America resources in your library.
Picture this: a midnight Paul Revere ride to get the word out and bring the people together. Isn’t that what librarians try to do in their own way every day?
When I heard that the District of Columbia Public Library was receiving a set of high-quality posters of American art for each site—thanks to the NEH/ALA Picturing America grant—I couldn’t have been more excited. Our staff of 50 children’s and teen librarians had just received training in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). They had new-found knowledge that could bring these images to life in programs for any age group. Now they would have resources to use while their training and enthusiasm were fresh.
Is your school participating in Picturing America? Looking for fresh ways to use the images in your school? Then check out these three new national conferences for teachers and librarians, to be held in Boston, Chicago, and Newark and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The conferences will provide opportunities for educators who have already received the Picturing America images to: