The NCCIL exhibits, tours, collects, preserves and promotes original art from the finest children’s literature. Our vision is to inspire and empower children to read and be creative. Through our programming and outreach, the NCCIL actively promotes children’s literacy, both art and reading, in the Abilene community and beyond.

B.L.A.N.K. stands for “Bridging Literacy and Art with NCCIL Knowledge.” Each box contains a beautiful children’s book from a past NCCIL illustrator and all the fine art supplies to create a masterpiece inspired by the featured illustrator’s style and techniques.

Sewon Kang:

Guest Curator

Sewon Kang is Archivist at The Easton Foundation, Louise Bourgeois’s home/studio, where she is responsible for the care of the artist’s diaries, papers, and small collection of prints and illustrated books. She previously worked in the Drawings and Prints department at MoMA on the online catalogue raisonné of Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre and the 2017 print retrospective and book, An Unfolding Portrait. Sewon also researched other areas of MoMA’s collection for new acquisition initiatives, publications, and the reinstallation of the expanded museum. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and a part-time Masters student at Hunter College, New York.


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School Tours

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Learn more about how we welcomed our summer illustrator, Sophie Blackall, during the 2022 C.A.L.F. Festival. Watch the video below!

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The NCCIL operates by support from our generous donors:

Kaye Price-Hawkins/Priceless Literacy

Jack and Becky Rentz

The Shelton Family Foundation

Claude and Mae Moss Charities/Dick Spalding

T&T Foundation

Texas Commission on the Arts

United Way of Abilene

National Endowment for the Humanities

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Community Foundation of Abilene

Ms. Katie Deal And Family

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

Jan Elliott

Greathouse Foundation

Humanities Texas

Excelsior Foundation