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, 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

2018 Artists

Grace Lin

April 16 & 17, 2018

Grace Lin is a Newbery Award-winning author and illustrator, whose books include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Lin received an Honorable Mention for The Year of the Dog from the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. Her most recent book, When the Sea Turned to Silver was a National Book Award finalist. Read more about Grace Lin at

Melissa Sweet

April 18 & 19, 2018

Melissa Sweet is an illustrator, author, and Caldecott Award Honor Medalist. Her books include Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated book; Tupelo Rides the Rails; Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, and, most recently, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, a New York Times bestseller that also received an NCTE Orbis Pictus award. Visit for more.

Kelsey Burns

April 26 & 27, 2018

Kelsey Burns ‘10 is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, as well as a Princeton Day School alumna. She has completed fellowships with the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, the Gibney Dance Center, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program. Burns has taught at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Princeton University, and was formerly an internationally ranked salsa dancer (#9 in the world in 2012). Visit Kelsey Burns on Instagram @kelsinmotion.

Roster of Artists 1996-2017

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 2017 Christian Robinson


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