Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are excited to announce the release of the application and guidelines for the NEA Big Read program in 2019-2020. The NEA Big Read annually supports community reading programs across the country, each designed around a single book. Through the act of sharing a book together, participants have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world, their community, and themselves. Complete information on the NEA Big Read is available on the application process webpage.
This year, two new books of poetry, one memoir, one creative nonfiction history book, one sci fi/fantasy book, and a novel will join the NEA Big Read library for applicants to choose from. In total, 32 books will be available for nonprofit organizations applying for an NEA Big Read grant. The six new additions are:
- Advice from the Lights by Stephanie (formerly Stephen) Burt
- Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
- Hustle by David Tomas Martinez
- In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom
Join us for a webinar!
Join the NEA and Arts Midwest for a webinar that showcases each new book as well as success stories and programming ideas for the library’s other titles. Come with questions about the books, their authors, and the application process.
Application deadline: January 24, 2019
New this year is an intent to apply form. This intent is required for any applicant regardless of past award history and is nonbinding.
Contact the NEA Big Read team at 612.238.8010 or [email protected]
Neighborhood kids receive free copies of NEA Big Read title Fahrenheit 451. Photo courtesy of THE POINT Community Development Corporation.