According to the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Picturing America website, over 76,000 public schools and libraries—as well as Headstart programs—have received the award since it first started in January 2008. Every grant awardee is shipped 20 front and back 24 by 36 inch art reproductions perfectly laminated to avoid unnecessary damage. Along with the forty total picture materials is a teacher’s handbook that displays the pictures including background and inspiration facts and other supplemental information.
The pictures are going to be displayed throughout the summer at both libraries. Each library will interchange the pictures that are on the wall throughout the summer so that all the pictures can be seen. A formal open house will be scheduled sometime in the fall.
For now, those interested can view each portrait at either library along with the resource book filled with information. The libraries also hope to use wooden frames to better display a limited number of the pictures and will hold a ‘Sponsor a Frame’ program where any citizen can have their name alongside a picture for their generous donation. More details are available at either library. While at the libraries, patrons can also vote for their favorite portrait and leave comments on their view of the art and Picturing America project. For those with Internet access all materials including images of all the portraits are available to view at picturingamerica.neh.gov.