[library-media] Libraries, Schools Encouraged to Apply for Picturing America: Deadline Nov. 14

Donna Morris dmorris at utah.gov
Wed Oct 22 21:21:08 MDT 2008

The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute
of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release
can be viewed on the agency's Web site at
October 22, 2008
IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth, jmjoseth at imls.gov 
Mamie Bittner, mbittner at imls.gov    
NEH Press Contacts
Lindsey Mikal, 202-606-8317
Elizabeth Fisher, 202-208-7098
Application Deadline for Picturing America Extended Until November 14
Libraries and Schools Encouraged to Apply to Bring Great American Art
to the Nation’s Classrooms and Libraries
Washington, DC—Libraries and schools now have until November 14, 2008,
to apply for an innovative, free teaching tool called Picturing America.
Picturing America, presented by the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS), provides high-quality reproductions of great American
art to public libraries and K-12 schools to enhance the study of
history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics.
“Art has so much to teach us about America’s past, present, and future,”
said Anne-Imelda Radice, IMLS Director. “Picturing America allows
everyone, regardless of their location or income, to explore America
through the lens of our nation’s great works of art.”
“I am delighted to announce that we are again accepting Picturing
America applications,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. “The Endowment
wants every school and public library in the United States to receive
Picturing America, and this second application period will bring us
closer to achieving that goal.”
Public libraries; K-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools;
and home school consortia in the United States and its territories are
eligible to receive Picturing America materials, which include:
    * Forty large, high-quality color reproductions of the selected
masterpieces (24” x 36”)
    * A comprehensive teacher’s resource book providing a wide range of
ideas and background information to support educators using the works of
art in core subject areas
    * Lesson plans and additional resources available through the
Picturing America Web site, http://PicturingAmerica.neh.gov (
http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/ )
Through this partnership, IMLS will help to build the capacity of
public and school librarians to use the Picturing America materials in a
variety of programs for the benefit of their communities.
Applications are being accepted now through November 14, 2008, with
delivery scheduled for spring 2009. Previous recipients of the Picturing
America collection are not eligible for a second award. Application
information and testimonials from librarians and educators at can be
found on the Picturing America Web site, PicturingAmerica.neh.gov.
Library districts and school libraries may apply for every institution
in their jurisdiction with one, single application.
So far, 26,320 public libraries and schools across the nation have been
awarded Picturing America materials. To view the list of recipient
schools and libraries, please click here. In addition, the NEH and the
Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and
Families are making Picturing America available to the 20,000 Head Start
centers to enhance early childhood development and family literacy. This
is independent of the current application period; Head Start centers
should not submit applications.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the
national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to
sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and
innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about
the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov ( http://www.imls.gov/ ).
About the National Endowment for the Humanities 
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National
Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature,
philosophy and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich
classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to
life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions,
and programs in libraries, museums, and other community places.
Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities
and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov ( http://www.neh.gov/
Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)
dmorris at utah.gov 
"Beginning August 4, 2008, state agencies' hours of operation are
Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed on Friday"
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