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NEA Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read—a partnership with Arts Midwest—broadens our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors through the power of a shared reading experience. The goals of the NEA Big Read are to inspire meaningful conversations, celebrate local creativity, elevate a wide variety of voices and perspectives, and build stronger connections in each community.

Bring the NEA Big Read to your community! Applications are now open for grants to support NEA Big Read projects between September 2024 and June 2025. Intent to Apply deadline is Wednesday, January 10, 2024. Learn more 

Information on the 2023-2024 NEA Big Read Grantees