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Author Tayari Jones with students at Peoria High School holding books in a library.
NEA big read author Tayari Jones with students at Peoria High School. Photo by Roberta Koscielski, courtesy of Arts Midwest.

Apply for the NEA Big Read Program

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program.

What?  The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity with grants of up $20,000 for community-wide reading programs (virtual and/or in-person).  Organizations can choose one of six available books.  They can also tie in thematically-related books of their choice to expand the program’s potential and reach a wider audience.

Who? Eligible organizations include arts organizations, humanities councils, community service organizations, institutions of higher education, libraries, literary centers, school districts, theater companies, museums, tribal governments, and more!

Why? Past grantees have a proven track record of successfully engaging their audiences through the power of literature and stirring up a passion for reading that persists year after year.  They’ve also developed meaningful and lasting partnerships with other organizations in their community. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure has positive impacts on one’s health and this program can also provide entertainment and connection to community members in a time of isolation.

When? The deadline to apply is January 27, 2021.

Where? Learn more about the NEA Big Read via the attached grant guidelines and at this link: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/about

If you have any questions, please contact Arts Midwest at neabigread@artsmidwest.org or 612-238-8010.

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