NEH, ALA announce second Picturing America application period

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NEWS
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2008

NEH, ALA announce second Picturing America application period

Apply by Oct. 31 to receive free resource that explores U.S. history through American art for your school or public library

CHICAGO – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is now accepting applications for the second round of Picturing America.  Online applications will be accepted through Oct. 31 at http://picturingamerica.neh.gov

Picturing America is a free educational resource that helps teach American history and culture by bringing some of our nation’s greatest works of art directly to classrooms and libraries.  At no cost, recipients will receive a set of high-quality reproductions of 40 pieces of great American art (each approximately 24 inches by  36 inches) and an illustrated teachers resource book with information about the artists and artwork and lesson ideas for all grade levels to facilitate the use of the reproductions in core subject areas.  Delivery of these materials is scheduled for spring 2009.  Additional educational resources are also available through the Picturing America Web site, http://picturingamerica.neh.gov.

“I am delighted to announce that we are again accepting Picturing America applications,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole.  “The Endowment wants every school and public library in the United States to receive Picturing America, and this second application period will bring us closer to achieving that goal."

All public libraries and schools (K–12, public, private, parochial, charter and home school consortia) in the United States and its territories who have not previously received Picturing America may apply for the program through Oct. 31 at http://picturingamerica.neh.gov.  Please note that previous recipients of the Picturing America collection are not eligible for a second award.

Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has an exemplary track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series "Let's Talk About It," film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library® and other programs. Recently, it has established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment created to help all types of libraries across the country bring communities together through cultural programming ( www.ala.org/ccf).  For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities.  NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions and programs in libraries, museums and other community places.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.