NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) created to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Together with their community partners, approximately 75 non-profit organizations across the United States participate in NEA Big Read each year. Grantees include a variety of organizations such as arts centers, arts councils, arts organizations, colleges and universities, community service organizations, environmental organizations, fairs and festivals, faith-based organizations, historical societies, housing authorities, humanities councils, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, trade associations, and tribal governments. Selected organizations receive a grant (in the range of $5,000 to $20,000), access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

Goals

NEA Big Read aims to build communities through innovative arts programming that engages a diverse audience and connects individuals and organizations through reading and sharing stories.

Approach

NEA Big Read supports innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, provides comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and features an extensive website that provides information on our titles and their authors.

Each community Big Read is a series of programs designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by highprofile community leaders and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.

Partnerships and Support

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Visit www.neabigread.org for more information about the program and to access our free educational materials. Follow @NEABigRead on Twitter and #NEABigRead on your favorite social media network(s). Please contact the NEA Big Read team at neabigread@artsmidwest.org or 612.238.8010 with any questions about NEA Big Read.