Picturing America Model Programs
In spring 2010, the ALA Public Programs Office received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support humanities-based programs in public libraries that highlighted the NEH’s Picturing America artwork collection. A total of thirty libraries were selected to receive a $2,000 programming grant, to support their humanities programming proposals.
Through this grant initiative, ALA and NEH sought imaginative and substantive humanities program proposals that would serve as models for libraries nationally. Programs took place July 1, 2010, through January 31, 2011, and have been outlined on this site to serve as resources and inspiration for future program development.
In addition, Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Engagement was piloted in summer 2010 in eight Chicago Public Library branches and the YOUmedia center at Harold Washington Public Library; in fall 2010 by Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library; and in fall 2010 and during spring/summer 2011 at Evanston (Ill.) Public Library. Engage! is a program targeting young adult audiences through dynamic discussions that utilize the visual arts, including Picturing America images, as springboards to civic engagement. Find out more about Engage! and the Engage! programs.