PRESCOTT-Thanks to a grant to the Carnegie Picture Lab from the Walla Walla Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), students at the Prescott School have a new collection of art books in their library.
Carnegie Picture Lab, a Walla Walla 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports arts education at Prescott School through its innovative and comprehensive rural art initiative. The initiative includes a strong artist-in-residence program, take-home art kits, field trips, and art classes for elementary students. With funding from the AAUW grant, Picture Lab purchased 60 children’s art books about significant artists, past and present, representing various genres and art mediums. More than half of the books are devoted to women artists.
According to Picture Lab Executive Director Susan Greene, “The Rural Art Initiative creates a rich mosaic of engagement opportunities for students in the Prescott School District. Through the generous support of AAUW, the Library Dimension of the initiative expands our programmatic reach beyond the classroom and potentially directly into children’s homes.” In her book Through the Eyes of a Child, author Donna Norton highlights “the role literature plays in nurturing and developing the imagination”. Children’s literature promotes the development of children’s internal imagination; artistic creation offers the possibility of concretely expressing their creative imagination.