Friday, June 6, 2008

GMOA to Host NEH Funded Picturing America Workshop for Teachers and Librarians

The Georgia Museum of Art will host a workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians who are participating in the National Endowment for the Humanities program Picturing America on July 22-24, thanks to a chairman’s grant from the NEH.

Picturing America, the latest initiative of the NEH We the People program, brings some of the most significant pieces of American art into classrooms throughout the nation. The program is free for teachers and librarians who apply. Participating institutions will receive a comprehensive package of 40 large high-quality images of American paintings, decorative arts and architecture, which paired with a teacher resource packet, will provide a catalyst for the study of the U.S.

To provide participants with further support in using the Picturing America materials, the Georgia Museum of Art has developed a three-day workshop that focuses on the images and themes in Picturing America and ties those works of art to objects from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as architecture and interiors in Athens.

Participants will hear lectures by the museum’s curators and humanities scholars. They will participate in gallery tours and educational sessions led by art educators and museum docents as well as tours of historic local sites and two private art collections. They also will receive museum publications related to the seminar topics to be used in the participants’ schools and libraries. The participants will work in teams to develop age-appropriate lesson plans using Picturing America. At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will receive two Professional Learning Units for their participation.

Through the funding provided by the NEH, the museum will offer an honorarium to each participant, as well as meals and travel expenses. Space is limited to 30 participants, and the deadline for registration is June 30. For more information about Picturing America, please visit For information on the Picturing America workshop, see or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).

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