Ottenheimer Library Awarded $13,000 to Engage Community on the Hispanic Experience

The UA Little Rock Ottenheimer Library has received $13,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to participate in its Big Read Program. The NEA Big Read Program, in partnership with Arts Midwest, allows communities to engage in reading programs and events that broaden their understanding of the world and region.

Ottenheimer Library will focus its program on the book Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. This book was selected to encourage dialogue on the Mexican heritage experience for Hispanic and non-Hispanic individuals. The grant will provide facilitators who will introduce contextual topics such as a history of Hispanic civil rights in Little Rock.

The program will run from September 19, 2017 (to coincide with events surrounding Mexican Independence Day, September 16) to November 3, 2017. The event will kick off with a presentation and reception at UA Little Rock.

Ottenheimer Library is partnering with the Central Arkansas Library System, the UA Little Rock Music Department, UA Little Rock Department of World Languages, UA Pulaski Tech, the Little Rock School District, The Mexican Consulate of Little Rock, the Clinton Presidential Center, El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center, and public radio station KLRE/KUAR.

On November 3, 2017, the program will close with a presentation at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference.

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

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