Wednesday, May 28, 2008

American Masterpieces Coming to Library

Great art speaks powerfully, inspires fresh thinking, and connects us to our past. The Cloquet Public Library recently received notice of an award from Picturing America, an exciting new initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA). Picturing America brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art. 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.

An official award letter from NEH Chairman Bruce Cole will come in September 2008, along with award materials, including 40 laminated reproductions of American artworks and a teachers’ resource book. Additional educational resources will be available on the NEH Web site. In return for receiving the award, the Library will keep as many of the reproductions as possible on continual exhibit during the September 2008 through May 2009 grant term, and to retain the reproductions for future display and educational use.

This fall, join us as we picture America at the Cloquet Public Library!

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