Imagine the Possibilities
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.”
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, NPR.org 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.