July 12, 2007

SCR-I District Wins Picturing America Grant

Scotland County R-I School District will be among only 1,556 schools across the nation participating in the We the People Picturing America program.

The grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities provides a collection of large-scale laminated reproductions depicting works of American art, as well as other educational resources on American art and history.

In May 2007, the first round of Picturing America awards was announced. More than 1,500 schools will receive the Picturing America collection, which will ship in September 2007. In accordance with the grant requirements, participating schools will display the images and incorporate them in classes during the 2007-2008 school year, and submit a final report by May 31, 2008.

Picturing America is a project of the We the People program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office. The goals of Picturing America are to promote the teaching, study and understanding of American art and history in K-12 schools, and to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships between school library media specialists, art teachers, classroom instructors, and other educators.

The local grant application was prepared by Denice Blaine and Jane Gelbach.

A total of 20 Picturing America posters will be sent to the school district, with images of famous American artwork found on both sides of the laminated pieces.

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