Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA and NEH Host "Picturing America" event at Quantico Middle School/High School on the Marine Corps Base

Media Advisory: September 23, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA — On September 25, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will host an event at Quantico Middle School/High School on Quantico Marine Corps Base to launch the initiative, "Picturing America."

"Picturing America" helps teach American history and provides students with a gateway to the entire universe of the humanities. It is a free resource that provides each participating institution with a comprehensive package of materials that includes:

  • Forty high-quality color reproductions of selected masterpieces (24" x 36").
  • A Teachers Resource Book providing a wide range of ideas and background information to support educators using the works of art in all subject areas.
  • Additional resources and lesson plans available at

The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive at Quantico Marine Corps Base's main gate located off of I-95 (Exit 150) at 9:30 a.m. to allow for security measures and travel time to the school. Directions from the main gate to the school are listed at the bottom of this advisory. A base map is also located on the Quantico Marine Corps Base website at

Speakers for the event include:

  • Mike Gould, Quantico District Superintendent
  • Mark Bignell, DoDEA Fine Arts Coordinator
  • Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

Members of the media are invited to attend. Please confirm attendance by calling POCs listed above.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.