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

2016 Artists

April 11-12, 2016

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas.

April 14-15, 2016

Peter Brown is an author and illustrator. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.

May 16-17, 2016

Kwame Alexander is a poet, author, playwright, and producer. He has written more than 20 books. Kwame won the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover,” his book written in verse about 12-year-old basketball-playing twins.

Roster of Artists 1996-2015

Roster of Artists 1996-2015

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
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