Bringing communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book.
How do we do this?
How to Apply
Arts Midwest accepts requests for proposals annually starting around mid-October with a deadline in late January.
- Learn more about the mission and history of the NEA Big Read.
- Read the latest community stories and reflections from grantees on the NEA Big Read blog.
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.
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is supported by the Endowment in partnership with Arts Midwest.