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NEA Big Read

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Annually, the program supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.

  • Learn more about the history and mission of the NEA Big Read.
  • Read community stories and reflections from current grantees on the NEA Big Read blog.