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The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO), in 
collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is pleased to 
announce “Picturing America,” a new grant opportunity for schools and school 
libraries. Applications are available at and are due by MARCH 19, 2007.
A pilot project of NEH's We the People program, “Picturing America” has been 
created to promote the teaching, study and understanding of American art, history 
and culture in K-12 schools through examples of the nation’s most significant works 
of art and architecture and to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships between 
school library media specialists, art teachers, classroom instructors and other 
“Picturing America” will provide 500 public and private schools with:
- A collection of 20 double-sided, laminated posters depicting works of American 
- A 100-page resource booklet with information about the paintings, sculpture, 
architecture, and crafts reproduced. The booklet contains essays for each poster, 
teaching suggestions, and quick introductory exercises geared to different grade 
- The Picturing America Web site, which will contain links to extensive lesson 
plans and other educational resources organized by poster, themes, and subjects 
(history, social studies, and other disciplines).
Public, private, parochial and charter schools and home school consortia (K-12) are 
eligible to receive “Picturing America” awards.  Applications may be submitted on 
behalf of the schools by school librarians, art teachers, classroom teachers and 
other educators and school administrators. The online application is available at NEH estimates that the complete 
application process will take one hour to complete.
A list of “Picturing America” images, as well as guidelines and applications, are 
available online at Online 
applications will be accepted through March 19, 2007.  Awards will be announced in 
May 2007. “Picturing America” collections will be distributed in September 2007 for 
use during the 2007-2008 school year. 
With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 

Lainie Castle
Program Officer, Communications
Public Programs Office, American Library Association 
p: 312.280.5055 -- f: 312.280.5759  

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