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“The NEA Big Read exposes people to new genres and ideas and challenges their current tastes in literature. And the best part is that people told us that ​at​ our events! They not only read something that they wouldn’t normally have read, but they went out of their way to participate in a community event and learn more about the story, characters, plot and author. It just really shows the community buy-in we have and the hunger communities have for connection with each other.” – the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library, an NEA Big Read grantee, in a Q&A with Arts Midwest

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Information on the 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant opportunity and the books available.

NEA Big Read 2021-2022 informational presentation (November 12, 2020 at 1pm ET).

Click here to view more information and to see the NEA Big Read books for 2020-2021.

Thank you for your generous support of our programs.