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Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

New titles added; apply by January 26, 2017. logocarouselslidecolorNEA Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2017 and June 2018. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. A Big Read is a month-long series of programs centered around one NEA Big Read book. Programs should include a kickoff, a keynote, book discussions, and other artistic events to foster engagement with the selected title and encourage reading. Thirteen new titles have been added to this year's Big Read list. Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. Visit the online application guidelines for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email neabigread@artsmidwest.org.

Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

Application deadline: January 27, 2016 Libraries, museums, colleges and arts groups take note: the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations (and divisions of state, local, or tribal government) to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2016 and June 2017. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Two new titles have been added to the Big Read list this year: Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan and Tayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow. Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, arts centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants. The Beaufort County Library is South Carolina's only current Big Read grantee. Check out the library's upcoming Big Read programs for more information about the types of activities your organization could offer. Visit the Big Read website for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at (612) 238.8010 or email neabigread@artsmidwest.org.

Reminder: Big Read grants available for community reading programs

Application deadline is Jan. 28, 2015. The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Funding ranges from $2,500 to $20,000. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected to read, discuss, and celebrate with their communities one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. In addition, The Big Read provides comprehensive information about the authors and their works in the Books & Guides section of The Big Read website. Find the complete guidelines and application instructions online. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at (612) 238-8010 or email thebigread@artsmidwest.org Via: Arts Midwest

Get your community on the same page! Big Read grants available

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Funding ranges from $2,500 to $20,000. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected to read, discuss, and celebrate with their communities one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. In addition, The Big Read provides comprehensive information about the authors and their works in the Books & Guides section of The Big Read website. A new title has been added to The Big Read catalog this year: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat. The author grew up in Haiti, raised by her uncle, then moved to the United States with parents and siblings she hardly knew. This poignant memoir explores the contrasting lives of her uncle in Haiti and her father in America, and delves deep into themes of family, home and tradition. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2015 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time. Find the complete guidelines and application instructions online. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at (612) 238-8010 or email thebigread@artsmidwest.org. Follow @NEABigRead on Twitter for all the latest info and news. Via: Arts Midwest

Join a nation of readers with The Big Read!

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2014 by 4 p.m. CST. Two new titles are available this year: Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine, bringing the Big Read library to 36 selections from American and world literature. Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. In addition to the grant, organizations selected to participate receive educational and promotional materials and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Visit The Big Read website to review the guidelines and application instructions and to view the list of books and other communities that have participated. Applications must be submitted electronically via eGrant on or before 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. The Big Read is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Via: The Big Read

Sumter County Library awarded Big Read grant

The Sumter County Library has been awarded a grant to host The Big Read. Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big ReadThe Sumter County Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. Sumter’s Big Read will focus on The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Activities will take place during October 2013. According to Library Director Robert Harden, “the Sumter County Library is pleased and excited to be chosen to host The Big Read.  This will afford our community the opportunity to explore one of the great works of American literature through a variety of events and programs.” NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, “It's wonderful to see that these 77 communities are making reading and the celebration of books a priority. I look forward to seeing the innovative ways they find to engage their communities in these great works of classic and contemporary literature." The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. The selected organizations will receive grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events. For more information about The Big Read in Sumter, contact Ford Simmons, Sumter County Library, at 803-773-7273 or simmonsf@spiritcom.net. Via: South Carolina State Library

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The Big Read wants you!

Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to present or participate in a community-wide reading program? The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofits to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013 and June 2014.  Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, local governments, humanities councils, literary festivals and arts organizations. Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, educational and promotional materials and online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. The Big Read is a national program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Participating communities read and discuss a single book. Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event, major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author reading, and the like); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, and so forth); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences. Individuals can get involved by sharing Big Read information and encouraging their local library, museum or other arts organization to apply. In fact, there are Ten Ways To Get Involved. To review the guidelines and application instructions, visit The Big Read website. The application deadline is Feb. 5, 2013. Think about taking the lead for The Big Read! Note: Allen University in Columbia is South Carolina's only current Big Read participant. Find out about their activities, scheduled for March 2013.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Via: The Big Read