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, 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.”
January 4, 2019
Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States of America
Tracy K. Smith is an American poet and educator. She is currently serving as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, an office she assumed in 2017. She has published three collections of poetry, winning the Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 volume Life on Mars. She is the Director of Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing.
Among her awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, James Laughlin Award, National Book Award for Nonfiction
April 8 & 9, 2019
Laurie Halse Anderson, author
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Chains and Speak, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award.
April 11 & 12, 2019
Sophie Blackall, artist and illustrator
Sophie Blackall is an Australian artist and illustrator of children's books based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for Hello Lighthouse (2019) and Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear (2016). She has illustrated more than 30 books.