Guam – The Guam Humanities Council has received a small grant award under the 2008 We the People Initiative to conduct an educators’ workshop and programs for the Picturing America project, an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Picturing America brings high-quality reproductions of American masterpieces into classrooms and libraries, which are used in conjunction with a Teachers Resource Book and program Web site.
The project aims to engage students and citizens with a deeper understanding of history and character through the study and appreciation of art.
The Council has dedicated the grant award to provide workshops for teachers and education students, as well as to develop and exhibit a local component Picturing Guam. By highlighting works of local masters in Picturing Guam, residents will be able to examine our own artistic heritage – painting, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts, and photography – in relation to America’s art traditions. Through the lessons and activities developed around the project, students will be able to include local and national art pieces in their investigation of the cultural and political history of our island, as well as the character, ideas and aspirations of a country.
The Council will be providing workshops to teachers and education students at the Isla Center for the Arts located at Dean’s Circle at the University of Guam in February 2011. All interested in participating, should contact the Guam Humanities Council for more information.