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Inside Outdoor Sculpture Kit

To order, call 888-388-6789 or visit the Bookstore.

Public outdoor sculpture—the most user-friendly form of art and history in America—is a rich and accessible resource. Sculpture has the potential to inspire creativity, community involvement, and scientific experimentation in people of all ages. Unfortunately, as a teaching tool, sculptures and monuments have been virtually overlooked—till now.

Inside Outdoor Sculpture, our interdisciplinary resource guide, kit, and Web site, aims to unleash that potential by encouraging Americans to see our national collection of outdoor sculpture with new eyes, to relate to it in new ways, and to safeguard it for future generations. Inside Outdoor Sculpture takes a hands-on approach to examining outdoor sculpture in three ways—a resource guide, a loan kit with objects, and a Web site; the components can be used alone or together.

Available on loan, each kit includes a full-color, illustrated resource guide, laminated images of outdoor sculpture from around the country, sculpture media, activity boxes, and an array of resource books and videos—all packaged in a conservator’s sturdy canvas work bag. For nominal rental ($25) and round trip shipping, borrowers will use the kit for up to eight weeks. The resource guide may be purchased, and the SOS! Sculpture Cards and lesson plans are now available online.

Inside Outdoor Sculpture has three goals:

Our primary audience is children 9–14 years old and their teachers, scout leaders, and other adults who direct students’ learning in formal and informal settings. All activities have been designed as springboards for further discovery and support national standards of learning for history, science, and art.

Sampled by museums, public art administrators, and Girl Scout troops, the kit is not limited to the classroom. Inside Outdoor Sculpture is an excellent companion to the SOS! traveling exhibit, Preserving Memory: America's Monumental Legacy.

For more information, e-mail or call 202-233-0800.

Photos: Jessica Ruskin