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2018 In Review: Extra, Extra, [Big] Read All About It

A new year often marks a period of reflection and gratitude and serves as inspiration to tackle the new year. At Arts Midwest, we wanted to take a moment to look back at all the adventures our Big Read grantees have taken this year. From creative programming to community partnerships, this series explores some of the highlights from the NEA Big Read in 2018.

Extra, Extra, [Big] Read All About It

While we like to think we are their biggest fans, we aren’t the only ones who think that our Big Read grantees are great. From newspapers to blogs, radio stations to podcasts, our grantees get people talking.

  • During the NEA Big Read: Lakeshore, Hope College hosted an exhibit for student art that received widespread coverage from the Holland Sentinel. From their article on the exhibit: “Students responded to the book’s themes of beauty, community, and survival only being insufficient in a variety of mediums, from graphic comics to painting to poetry to life-size human sculptures depicting different aspects of human nature and even alternative book covers made with digital art tools.”
  • In Lakeport, CA, the Lake County Library and the Lake County Arts Council’s Friday Night Fling NEA Big Read programming made headlines in the Lake County Record Bee.

  • Centering their programming around Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, the Lewis & Clark Library’s NEA Big Read garnered acclaim in the Helena Independent Record’s Guest view, The Big Read Under the Big Sky is a big deal.
  • The Missoula Public Library led promotion in conjunction with their cinema partner, the Roxy Theater—featuring NEA Big Read books, supplementary materials, event listings and more before NEA Big Read screenings.


Attendees at the Roxy Theater screening of The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. Photo by Amanda Allpress, courtesy of Missoula Public Library.

  • In their second year receiving an NEA Big Read grant, the Toms River Regional SchoolsNEA Big Read surrounding Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried received an interview and feature-length coverage in the Toms River Patch.

“The NEA Big Read has proven to be a unique way to highlight student achievement while uniting this community, and it’s brought some well-deserved national attention to Toms River.”
Karen Wall, Patch staff

Do you have an NEA Big Read adventure to share from 2018? Let us know! Share your story in the Discuss section in the Online Community or tweet #NEABigRead!