Elementary School was selected by the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH) as a 'Picturing America Award' recipient.
a result of that recognition, the school will receive a gallery of 40
high quality reproductions of American art and the educational
resources to explain the art in core subjects. The artwork is designed
to introduce students to their American artistic heritage and inspire
them to become more informed citizens.
It's all part of a program from the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled Picturing America.
purpose is to be able to use these American masterpieces as a unique
and engaging way to bring some of the country�s great art directly to
classrooms and libraries for children and adults to experience American
history and culture.
Wilson is one of 26,320 schools and public
libraries across the nation that is slated to receive Picturing America
Binder, principal of Wilson Elementary School, hopes to share the
portraits with all of the Sheboygan Area School District schools.
am willing to bring whichever photos teachers find appropriate for
their curriculum and spend 10-15 minutes discussing them with their
classes. I think I�ll learn some things too," said Binder. "It may be a
good way to build background knowledge."
America allows everyone to learn about our history and culture in a
fresh and engaging way, giving Americans a deeper appreciation for the
country�s history by introducing students to its great art.
instance, the masterpieces: portray great American leaders, in images
such as Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington and Alexander
Gardner�s photograph of Abraham Lincoln; depict American courage and
sacrifices, in works such as Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the
Delaware; illustrate America's founding principles of freedom and
equality, as shown in the Robert Gould Shaw and the Fifty-Fourth
Regiment Memorial in Boston; show the workings of American democracy,
in images such as Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech; and illustrate
our nation's Native American heritage, through works like Black Hawk's
'Sans Arc Lakota' Ledger Book.
For more information visit http://picturingamerica.neh.gov.