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NEA Big Read 2018-2019 Summary Report

The impact of the 2018-2019 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read stretched far and wide. From Wichita, Kansas to Waipahu, Hawaii, from small towns to major cities, the NEA Big Read connected people to great literature and to one another. People of all ages and all backgrounds engaged with NEA Big Read programming in their communities, gaining exposure to new ideas and new experiences, which you can read about in the 2018 – 2019 NEA Big Read summary report.

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NEA Big Read 2018-2019 community impact

  • Total grant dollars awarded: $1,067,618
  • Total number of NEA Big Read events: 3,243
  • Total number of community partners: 1,335
  • Total number of volunteers: 3,285
  • Adult attendance at all events: 153,216
  • Youth attendance at all events: 88,205
  • Total attendance at all events: 241,421

“Without question, our community is stronger and more united because of the work that could be done in the name of the NEA Big Read.”
— The Berry Center, in New Castle, KY, reading A Lesson Before Dying