Picturing America


The final round of Picturing America grant applications closed in November 2008. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, “Picturing America” was an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities external link (NEH), designed to bring masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens gained a deeper appreciation of our country's history and character through the study and understanding of its art. “Picturing America” provided public libraries and schools (K–12, public, private, parochial, charter, and home school consortia) with a collection of 20 double-sided, laminated posters (measuring 24" x 36" each) depicting works of American art, related reading lists, and a 100-page resource booklet with information about the paintings, sculpture, architecture, and crafts reproduced.

In May 2007, the Picturing America pilot program awardees were announced external link. More than 1,500 schools received the collection for the January 2008 program launch.

In May 2008, 26,300 schools and public libraries were selected to receive the first round of the award external link, which shipped in September 2008.

In January 2009, 29,086 schools and public libraries were selected to receive the second round of the award, which shipped in April and May 2009.

Find out more external link about “Picturing America,” including the artwork featured.

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