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Wilson Elementary Selected for National Art Education Program

Wilson Elementary School was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a 'Picturing America Award' recipient.

As 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.

The 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 portraits.

Tom Binder, principal of Wilson Elementary School, hopes to share the portraits with all of the Sheboygan Area School District schools.

"I 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."

Picturing 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.

For 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.

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Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 19, 2008