Bringing communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book.
Now Accepting Applications!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 granting cycle, for activities occurring between September 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Visit How to Apply for more information.
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 neighbors, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary themes, voices, and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community.
Commitments and values
The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.
Proposed NEA Big Read events should be open and accessible to all individuals regardless of race, color, physical or mental ability, religion, creed, medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, nationality, age, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation, domestic partnership status, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.
How to apply
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 granting cycle. Visit How to Apply for more information.
Arts Midwest accepts proposals annually with a deadline in late January.
As of July 1, 2022, Arts Midwest is testing out a 4-day work week to give time back to our staff to pursue creative passions and recharge. Please note that our office is now closed on Fridays. If you contact us on a Friday, we will get back to you after the weekend.
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National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is supported by the Endowment in partnership with Arts Midwest.