Picturing America (HISTORICAL)

About the Picturing America
Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country's history and character through the study and understanding of its art. “Picturing America” provides public libraries and schools (K–12, public, private, parochial, charter, and home school consortia) with a collection of 20 double-sided, laminated posters (24" x 36") depicting works of American art, related reading lists, and a 100-page resource booklet with information about the paintings, sculpture, architecture, and crafts reproduced.

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Award and Frequency

Successful applicants will receive a set of 20 laminated reproductions printed on both sides with artwork. A Teacher's Resource book is included with the reproduction set.
This award is not currently being given out.


Applications will be accepted from all K-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools and home school consortia and public libraries in the United States and its territories. Other libraries with collections that circulate to the general public and offer reading-based programs for the general public are also eligible to apply. Multiple schools within a school system or school district or multiple libraries within a library system may apply for the Picturing America reproductions and teachers resource book. One application is permitted from each home school consortium.
Individuals and organizations other than K-12 schools, home school consortia, and public libraries are not eligible to apply. NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.
Previous recipients of a Picturing America award are not eligible for a second award.
Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Applicant Responsibility

In return for receiving the Picturing America reproductions and Teachers Resource Book, schools are required to encourage teachers to use the reproductions in the classroom. Schools and libraries are required to keep as many of the reproductions as possible on continual exhibit in classrooms or public locations in the school or public library during the April 2009 – April 2010 grant term, and to retain the reproductions for future display and educational use.

Application Instructions

This grant is no longer available.

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Selection Criteria

Selection criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    Will the school or library use the Picturing America collection in its curriculum or to conduct public programs?
    Will the school or library keep as much of the Picturing America collection on display as possible during the grant term (April 2009 through April 2010)?
    Will the school or library retain the Picturing America materials as part of its permanent collection for future educational programming and use?
    Is the application clear and complete?