Lawrence Education Center has been chosen to be one of the 1,500 schools from across the nation to receive a Picturing America award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. The Picturing America award is a collection of 20 laminated, double-sided posters depicting works of American art, a Teachers Resource Book with information about the paintings, sculpture, architecture, and crafts reproduced on the posters; and access to the project-based Web site with curriculum resources for educators, including lesson plans, recommended reading lists, and more. These resources will help teachers from all disciplines use the posters as an effective resource in the classroom and in planning related programming for students.
The Picturing America poster collection is a cohesive sampler that serves as a starting point for learning about American art and American history. The images, chosen foremost for their quality and breadth of media and time period, are rich examples of the many ways that tart can communicate meaning. Above all, it is hoped that the project will help students and library users learn how to look, explore, and enjoy the process of visual discovery.
In return for receiving the Picturing America posters and teachers resource book, Lawrence Education Center has encouraged the teachers to use the posters in their classroom, and they will also be on continual exhibit in the hallways and stairwells of the school. After the grant term, Lawrence Education Center will be able to retain the posters for future display and educational use.
Lawrence Education Center has received the Picturing America Grant for the 2007/2008 school year. This is a wonderful opportunity for our school to educate our students, or at least spark some conversation, about some classic works of art.