Program/Grant: NEA Big Read
Now accepting applications: NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities
October 20 2022
Applications are now open for our two national grants programs: the NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities.
Long Islanders Explore Identity and Connection Through NEA Big Read
August 29 2022
Using Joy Harjo’s poetry collection An American Sunrise as a starting point, Long Island community members dove into activities exploring Indigenous culture, oppression, race, colonization, and displacement. From readings performed by inmates...
Announcing the 2022-2023 NEA Big Read Grantees
June 15 2022
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, is announcing support for 62 nonprofit organizations to hold NEA Big Read programming in 2022-2023.
Big Read Brings Native American Voices and Culture to University Campus
January 14 2022
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where five Native nations are located. In 2020 and 2021, LSSU staff, students, and community members dug...
Workers Rights and Literature Unite in Iowa City Big Read
August 9 2021
Iowa City, Iowa is a bookish town. The first American UNESCO City of Literature, it is known for extensive University writing programs, a famous bookstore, Prairie Lights, and a community of open-minded...
Exploring Aging with Humor and Empathy
January 27 2021
How a book about the humorous and difficult parts of aging connected Ohio residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poetry in Rural Oklahoma
June 7 2019
Before I arrived in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, I knew this small town of less than 1,500 was rich in one particular thing: creativity. I was visiting to experience the final...
Storytelling in Puerto Rico
February 26 2019
Universidad Ana G. Méndez hosted an NEA Big Read featuring Julia Alvarez’s novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. Through conversations and events with the author, the community of Gurabo,...