Picturing American History
Grant allows kids to learn by picturing American historic events
Posted on 04/13/2010
Five Floyd County schools and the school system have been awarded Picturing America grants in the last two years. Picturing America is an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries in schools nationwide. Grant recipients are provided copies of photos depicting scenes from our nation’s heritage that have been captured in paintings, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts, and photography. Recipients also receive lesson plans for teachers to use when leading studies of the photographic art. Coosa Middle School (2009), Coosa High School (2008), Glenwood Primary (2009), McHenry Primary (2008), and Model Elementary (2009) received the grant from the NEH. The photos and lesson plans from the Floyd County Schools grant were divided among the schools in the system to allow teachers to use the resources in the classroom.

According to information from the NEH, this innovative program seeks to bring a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art to students and teachers. The nation’s artistic heritage—our paintings, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts, and photography—offers unique insights into the character, ideals, and aspirations of our country. By bringing high-quality reproductions of notable American art into public and private schools, libraries, and communities, Picturing America gives students and teachers the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history and culture in a fresh and engaging way. The program uses art as a catalyst for the study of America—the cultural, political, and historical threads woven into our nation’s fabric over time. 

In the photo, Model Elementary students Dustin Bailey, Meredith Leonard, Alex Quarles, and Tori Hardy examine a reproduction of a James Karales photo of the Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights from 1965.