National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Announcements

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Application Guidelines for 2014-2015 Big Read
October 30, 2013
Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine are newest additions to The Big Read Library. Read more...


National Endowment for the Arts Announces $1 Million in Grants for The Big Read
May 29, 2013
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that 77 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,000 to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. Read more...


National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Live Webinar with New Big Read Authors on November 13, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. EST
October 22, 2012
Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, Charles Portis's True Grit, and Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North are newest additions to The Big Read Library. Read more...


National Endowment for the Arts Announces $1 Million in Grants for The Big Read
July 10, 2012
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that 78 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,000 to host a Big Read project between September 2012 and June 2013. Read more...


National Endowment for the Arts Announces $1 Million in Grants for The Big Read
July 7, 2011
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that 76 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,050 to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. Read more...


National Endowment for the Arts Celebrates the Fifth Year of The Big Read With $1 Million in Grants
July 8, 2010
Kicking off the program's fifth year, the National Endowment for the Arts today announced that 75 not-for-profits -- including arts and cultural organizations, libraries, and universities -- will receive grants totaling $1 million to host a Big Read project between September 2010 and June 2011.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $3.7 Million in Grants for the Big Read
June 23, 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) just may have to change the name of its literature program The Big Read to The Biggest Read. Today the NEA announced that 267 nonprofits, including arts, culture, and science organizations; libraries; and municipalities will receive grants totaling $3,719,265 to host Big Read celebrations between September 2009 and June 2010.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Additions to The Big Read Library
January 22, 2009

Communities looking to rekindle their love of reading by joining the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reading initiative The Big Read will soon have even more great books to choose from. Today the NEA announced the addition of In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez to The Big Read Library. This title will be available for Big Read grant projects taking place from September 2010-June 2011.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $2 Million in Grants for The Big Read
June 16, 2008
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced $2,810,500 in grants for The Big Read to 208 libraries, municipalities, arts, culture, and science organizations, and a zoo. The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature. These Big Read projects will take place September 2008-June 2009.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Books for The Big Read
May 29, 2008

Communities looking to rekindle their love of reading by joining the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reading initiative The Big Read will now have even more great books to choose from. Today the NEA announced the addition of four new selections to The Big Read library: Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town by Thornton Wilder, and a special collection of poetry and short fiction by Edgar Allan Poe. These titles will be available for Big Read grant projects taking place from September 2009-June 2010.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces Grants to Four U.S. Organizations for The Big Read Egypt/U.S.
April 21, 2008
In an effort to deepen and broaden cultural understanding, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Arts Midwest, today announced a second international component of the NEA's national reading program The Big Read. Four U.S. organizations will receive grants ranging from $10,000-$20,000 to present Big Read projects focusing on The Thief and the Dogs by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. The selected organizations are Columbia University in the City of New York (New York, NY), Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College Miami, FL), Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (Huntsville, AL), and the South Dakota Humanities Council/South Dakota Center for the Book (Brookings, SD).


National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Big Read Grants for First Half of 2008
November 13, 2007

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today continued its drive toward making the Big Read the largest federal reading program in U.S. history. The NEA announced that it will award grants totaling $1,598,800 to 127 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, higher education, and science organizations to host Big Read celebrations of 16 classic novels from January-June 2008.


"The Big Read on XM" Premiere Features NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and Mrs. Laura Bush
September 6, 2007

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Dana Gioia and Mrs. Laura Bush will appear on the premiere episode of the XM Satellite Radio series The Big Read on XM on September 10 to discuss books, the importance of literacy, the National Book Festival, and the NEA's national reading project, the Big Read.


National Endowment for the Arts and XM Radio Launch The Big Read on XM National Radio Series
August 29, 2007
Today the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with XM Radio, announced the launch of The Big Read on XM, a radio series based on the NEA's national reading program of the same name.


The Big Read Becomes The Largest Federal Literature Program Since The W.P.A.
June 25, 2007

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today more than doubled the number of communities taking part in its nationwide reading program, the Big Read. One hundred seventeen cities were awarded grants to produce celebrations of American literature from September through December 2007.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2008 Plans for the Big Read National Reading Program
April 18, 2007

Today National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Dana Gioia announced the agency's plans for expanding the national Big Read program for 2008 including introducing the Big Read to Russia, adding nine new books to the Big Read library, and using a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to support the Big Read in communities in the Pacific Northwest.


City of Bridgeport and National Endowment for the Arts Host Mrs. Laura Bush for Big Read Celebration
April 16, 2007

Bridgeport, Connecticut continued its Big Read celebration of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird with a special event today at the Barnum Museum. The highlight of the program was an appearance by Mrs. Laura Bush, honorary chair of the Big Read.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces Big Read Grants in Celebration of Great American Books
October 31, 2006

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 72 organizations will receive grants to support Big Read programs between January and June 2007. The Big Read is a new national program by the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Arts Midwest, that encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. The organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 to promote and carry out month-long, community-based programs.


National Endowment for the Arts and Library of Congress Host Washington Celebration of The Big Read
July 20, 2006

In an effort to inspire members of Congress to encourage their constituents to join a nationwide reading initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today invited them to a Washington celebration of the Big Read. The Big Read is a new program designed to revitalize reading in American culture. Today’s event was held at the Library of Congress with NEA Chairman Dana Gioia joined by General Donald L. Scott, Deputy Librarian of Congress.

The highlight of today’s event was an appearance by Mrs. Laura Bush who is enthusiastically joining the Big Read as its Honorary Chair.


National Endowment for the Arts Launches The Big Read, Nation's Largest Book Club
May 9, 2006

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced the Big Read, a new national reading program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American public culture. The NEA presents the Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides leadership and funding for the nation's 17,500 museums and 122,000 libraries.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces The Big Read
December 20, 2005

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, today announced the pilot phase of The Big Read, a national initiative to encourage literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. Ten organizations were selected from a pool of 45 applicants to receive grants ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 to promote and carry out four- to six-week, community-based programs to encourage reading by teens and adults. The NEA's Big Read is modeled on successful "city reads" programs. Pilot communities, ranging in population from 7,000 to more than 4 million people, will read one of four classic novels: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.


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