Uncategorized | December 10, 2007
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN BIG READ GRANTS FOR FIRST HALF OF 2008.
One hundred twenty-seven grantees include libraries, arts groups, science organizations, colleges, and municipalities. U.S. military bases overseas and Russian cities join the Big Read. Institute of Museum and Library Services partnership helps program continue to grow.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 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 newest Big Read grantees represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The NEA inaugurated the Big Read as a pilot project with ten communities in 2006. By 2009, approximately 400 communities in the U.S. will have hosted a Big Read since the program’s 2007 national launch. For the full release and a list of the new grantees, please visit: http://www.arts.gov/news/news07/BigReadJan2008.html