Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced NEA Big Read grants totaling more than $1 million to fund community-wide reading programs in cities and towns across the United States.
The 2017–2018 grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 for programs taking place in 32 states and focusing on 21 works of literature, including Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, and Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.
“Through the NEA Big Read we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it.” —NEA Chairman Jane Chu.
Last summer, the NEA announced a new focus for the NEA Big Read library on contemporary authors and books. It will be exciting to see so many communities reading and discussing these timely new classics.
Since 2006, Arts Midwest has partnered with the NEA to administer NEA Big Read, a program which has given more than $19 million in grants to schools, libraries, and literary nonprofits in our communities.
Three Evanston Township High School sophomores attending the NEA Big Read keynote. Photo by Lynn Trautmann, courtesy of Evanston Public Library.
Congratulations to all of the organizations selected to participate!