Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Washington, D.C.

To support a two-day conference in Chicago in 2011 and a follow-up program in 2012 for approximately 80 Chicago Public Schools teachers to focus on the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Picturing America” teaching resource as well as American art at the Art Institute of Chicago. The program examines selected works of art either featured in “Picturing America” or in the Art Institute’s collection as a means of exploring major themes, such as American identity and diversity. During the conference, participants plan classroom projects using one or more works of American art.