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Picturing America/Picturing New York

The National Archives at New York City is proud to support the Teaching American History and National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored: Picturing America/Picturing New York. Occurring over two days in December 2010 and April 2011, the Picturing America/Picturing New York Conference brought together hundreds of teachers from throughout New York City to learn about the rich connections between art and history.

The primary sources of the National Archives enhance the Picturing America/Picturing New York project by providing various primary sources and suggested activities to incorporate artwork and documents into the classroom.

For more information about the conference (including related works of art, workshop PowerPoints, and teacher created materials), visit the Picturing America, Picturing New York Conference website at Picturing America/Picturing New York.

Picturing America, an exciting initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 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 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 participants 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.

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