Arts Midwest manages several initiatives in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to deliver programs to communities across the country.
The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The program supports innovative reading initiatives in selected cities and towns, by providing grants, comprehensive resources, and support for reading and discussing literature.
Shakespeare in American Communities is a national theater program that reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States by supporting high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays and comprehensive educational resources.
NEA Jazz Masters Live celebrates the living legends that have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz by providing funding to support innovative, focused engagements that honor the NEA Jazz Masters’ body of work, history, or style; provide understanding of their significance to jazz through thematically-designed or retrospective programming; and increase the audiences’ knowledge of their contribution to this American art form.
For more information, visit NEA Jazz Masters.