Dee Greene Fund helps make Phebe's study affordable

     I was recently notified by the National Gallery of Art that I have been accepted into their summer program for educators. Less than 10% of the applicants are accepted each year, so this is quite an honor.
     I will spend a week in Washington, DC, attending classes at the National Gallery focusing on 18th and 19th century American art, including the art by enslaved and free African Americans. Additionally, the uniquely American Hudson River school will be studied - and for those of you who remember the Pissarro exhibit, you'll know that the American painter Frederick Church, of the Hudson River school, ended up with Camille Pissarro's drawings.
     The group will attend lectures by pre-eminent art historians and scholars, as well as explore the collection of the National Gallery of Art and neighboring museums.
     The seminar highlights the social and cultural context of art and demonstrates interdisciplinary teaching strategies. Participants will explore connections to literature and music and visit other local cultural institutions. Activities are designed to meet teachers' personal and professional enrichment needs.
     I'm excited about this opportunity - and thank the Hebrew Congregation for a grant from the Dee Greene Fund to enable me to attend this program. I'll report back in August, and let you know how wonderful it was!
     Note: Phebe Schwartz, a longtime congregant, teaches art at Bertha C. Boschulte Junior High School. For more information about the Dee Greene Fund, please call the Synagogue at 340-774-4312.