NEA National Initiatives

Arts Midwest manages several initiatives in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to deliver programs to communities across the country.

NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

For information about participating communities, featured books, and more, visit or e-mail [email protected].

Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities is a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest that brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. The program reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

For more information visit or email [email protected].