National Portrait Gallery Asks for Donations to Enhance Children's Education

The National Portrait Gallery is finishing up what has been another extraordinary year; connecting with more than five million people in the museum building and online and bringing you face to face with the stories of remarkable individuals who have shaped our nation.

In the past year, we welcomed over 11,000 students to participate in our free school tour program. Led by a talented team of gallery educators, our young visitors were challenged to think critically about portraiture, both as an art form and as a portal into American history and biography.

This important education program receives no federal support although the annual cost to the museum is $75,000 (or approximately $250 per school group). This is a relatively small investment into children that makes a huge impact on their future.

Recent research reveals that students who visit museums on field trips demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, and exhibited greater historical empathy.

As you consider your year-end charitable giving, I would be enormously grateful if you would consider making a donation to ensure this educational opportunity is available in 2014 to students across the country. This far-reaching impact can only be realized through the generosity of our friends and loyal supporters. Your gift to the Portrait Gallery will allow us to tell America's stories to America's students.

Thank you for being a loyal friend and supporter of the National Portrait Gallery. I look forward to seeing you in the museum for an upcoming exhibition or free public program.

In the meantime, I send my warmest wishes to you for a happy and safe holiday season!




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