Libraries and schools now have until November 14, 2008, to apply for an innovative, free teaching tool called Picturing America. Picturing America, presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), provides high-quality reproductions of great American art to public libraries and K-12 schools to enhance the study of history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics.
Public libraries; K-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools; and home school consortia in the U.S. and its territories are eligible to receive Picturing America materials, which include:
* Forty large, high-quality color reproductions of the selected masterpieces (24" x 36")
* A comprehensive teacher’s resource book providing a wide range of ideas and background information to support educators using the works of art in core subject areas
* Lesson plans and additional resources available through the Picturing America website, http://PicturingAmerica.neh.gov
Through this partnership, IMLS will help to build the capacity of public and school librarians to use the Picturing America materials in a variety of programs for the benefit of their communities.
Applications are being accepted now through November 14, 2008, with delivery scheduled for spring 2009. Previous recipients of the Picturing America collection are not eligible for a second award. Application information and testimonials from librarians and educators at can be found on the Picturing America website. Library districts and school libraries may apply for every institution in their jurisdiction with one application.
So far, 26,320 public libraries and schools across the nation have been awarded Picturing America materials. In addition, the NEH and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families are making Picturing America available to the 20,000 Head Start centers to enhance early childhood development and family literacy. This is independent of the current application period.
Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services, www.imls.gov/