Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the latest round of Big Read grants. Seventy-five nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling more than $1 million to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. Each organization will develop unique programming that will provide their communities with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 37 selections from U.S. and world literature.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The Big Read is a powerful example of how the arts can bring communities together and help us to connect with one another. These 75 organizations are creating valuable opportunities for their communities to share wonderful stories and characters and to have meaningful conversations.”

2015–2016 Big Read grants:

For more information about The Big Read, please visit our About and FAQ pages.

Contact information

For general inquires about The Big Read:
Arts Midwest
[email protected]

For media inquiries:
NEA Public Affairs