Fallingwater selected for National Endowment of the Humanities’ “Picturing America” program
Thu, Mar 13th 2008, 15:26. Filed under News Releases.
March 13, 2008, Mill Run, Pa. – An image of Fallingwater has been selected as one of 40 works of art that will be reproduced and distributed to classrooms nationwide as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Picturing America” program.
The image, a photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork by Harold Corsini, will be reproduced and used as part of a free education initiative that helps teach American history through carefully selected works of art by American painters, sculptors, photographers and architects.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s President and CEO, Tom Saunders, attended an event hosted by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in Washington, D.C., to celebrate this new program. Fallingwater is maintained and operated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
“The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is very pleased that Fallingwater, as one of the preeminent early residences in the modern architecture movement and an iconic example of integrating design with nature, is included in Picturing America,” said Saunders. “It is wonderful that schoolchildren across the country will learn about our regional treasure in this way.”
For more information about Picturing America, visit PicturingAmerica.neh.gov, or read the National Endowment for the Humanities’ news release about the program.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 75th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.