March 17, 2010

The Picturing America Collection

Debbie Watrous, Executive Director, New Hampshire Humanities Council forwarded this to me and asked me to share it with the NH library community. It originally came from the ALA Public Programs Office

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ALA Public Programs Office have extended the deadline for public libraries to apply for a $2,000 grant to support programs that incorporate the Picturing America collection. Applications will be accepted through April 26 at

Additionally, the terms of the grant have been expanded so that all public libraries are considered eligible to apply. Successful applicants that have not received the Picturing America collection will receive the set of posters featuring reproductions of American artwork in addition to the cash grant. For a list of images included in the Picturing America collection, see
or visit NEH’s image gallery (

To qualify for the programming grant, propose a program or program series that
features high-quality humanities content and includes use of the Picturing America collection. After the grant term ends in February 2011, ALA will select a few of the strongest, most creative programs that combine the visual arts with humanities content to showcase at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Resources to help start your application, including Let’s Talk About It: Picturing America reading lists, thematic film lists, tips on bringing authors and storytellers to your library and One Book One Community support materials can be found at

Visit to find more inspiration and resources to support humanities programs for public audiences of all ages that feature the Picturing America collection.

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