Picturing America

Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Engagement

Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Engagement is program model targeting young adult audiences through dynamic discussions that utilize the visual arts as springboards to civic engagement.
Engage! 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 spring 2011 at Evanston (Ill.) Public Library. Images and program models from many of these sites can be found in the following pages.
How to Use Engage!

New for August at EDSITEment

This month EDSITEment highlights the Statue of Liberty and Thomas Hart Benton’s The Sources of Country Music as well as resources for United States history, world history, literature and language arts, and arts and culture.

Monthly Feature: Lady Liberty

Picturing America Programming Grant Now Open to All U.S. Public Libraries

Lamenting the fact that your library doesn’t have a set of Picturing America posters? Here’s an excellent opportunity to not only receive the posters, but a $2,000 programming grant as well. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have expanded the terms of the Picturing America Programming Grant so that all public libraries are considered eligible to apply.

Using Visual Thinking Strategies to Conduct Picturing America Programs

When I heard that the District of Columbia Public Library was receiving a set of high-quality posters of American art for each site—thanks to the NEH/ALA Picturing America grant—I couldn’t have been more excited. Our staff of 50 children’s and teen librarians had just received training in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). They had new-found knowledge that could bring these images to life in programs for any age group. Now they would have resources to use while their training and enthusiasm were fresh.

Picturing America School Collaboration Conferences

Is your school participating in Picturing America? Looking for fresh ways to use the images in your school? Then check out these three new national conferences for teachers and librarians, to be held in Boston, Chicago, and Newark and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The conferences will provide opportunities for educators who have already received the Picturing America images to:


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