Imagine the Possibilities

Imagine the Possibilities is an annual school-wide program made possible through the John D. Wallace, Jr. ’78 Memorial Guest Artist Series Fund that brings authors, illustrators, and poets to Princeton Day School to work directly with students in a variety of ways.

History of the Program

The program began in 1996 with the idea of having an artist spend the day on campus and visit classes in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School.

Now, twenty-one years later, the program has doubled in size and scope, with multiple artists spending two days each on campus, while engaging in division assembly presentations, classroom workshops, and autographing sessions.

Each year, Program Coordinator Bev Gallagher matches up teachers and artists in a variety of ways to best enhance the experience for the entire community. The artists are chosen up to a year in advance, giving the teachers a chance to build curriculum around their visits.

Ms. Gallagher notes, “Each year I get to dream again and imagine ways to inspire our community. I feel honored and privileged to have worked on this program for all these years. What started out as a one-year program has truly grown into something amazing. My colleagues find remarkable ways to use the artists and their talents, allowing for spectacular visits.”

Twenty Years of Imagine the Possibilities (Video)

20 Years of Imagine the Possibilities

2017 Artists

April 4-5, 2017

Christian Robinson is an illustrator of award-winning picture books. He is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. Christian is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.

April 6-7, 2017

Matt de la Peña is an author and recipient of the 2016 Newbery Award for Last Stop on Market Street. He has written many books and his short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, and other literary journals. He also was awarded the 2016 NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award.

April 20-21, 2017

Mark Fearing is an author and an illustrator. His books have won numerous awards and his latest book, Chicken Story Time, is on the Indie Next Great Reads Winter 2016-2017 list. He has also worked in graphic design, motion graphics, video games, and animation for TV.

Roster of Artists 1996-2016

Roster of Artists

1996 Georgia Heard · Earl Lewis · Rafe Martin 1997 Ashley Bryan · Georgia Heard · Mary Pope Osborne 1998 Sandra Cisneros · Floyd Cooper · Mary Pope Osborne 1999 Ralph Fletcher · Naomi Shihab Nye · Brian Pinkney 2000 Nikki Grimes · Pat Mora · David Wisniewski 2001 Peter Lourie · Jerry Pinkney · Jacqueline Woodson 2002 Jennifer Armstrong · Paul Muldoon · James Ransome 2003 Paul Janeczko · Chris Raschka · Naomi Shihab Nye 2004 Kristine O’Connell George · Joseph Bruchac · Bryan Collier 2005 Georgia Heard · Earl Lewis · Rafe Martin 2006 Jaime Adoff · Peter Catalanotto · Alice McGill 2007 Kadir Nelson · George Ella Lyon · Janet Wong 2008 Chris Soentpiet · Angela Johnson · Ann Turner 2009 Raul Colon · Kathi Appelt · J. Patrick Lewis 2010 Carmen Agra Deedy · Andrea Davis Pinkney · Jeffrey Eugenides · Charles R. Smith Jr. 2011 Pam Muñoz Ryan · Steve Jenkins · Carmen Agra Deedy 2012 David Diaz · Michael J. Rosen · Cornel West 2013 Allan Wolf · David Wiesner · Linda Sue Park 2014 Paul O. Zelinksy · Jack Gantos · Marilyn Nelson 2015 Paul B. Janeczko · Matthew Cordell · Carole Boston Weatherford 2016 Jan Reynolds · Peter Brown · Kwame Alexander
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