The application deadline for the 2013–2014 grant cycle has passed. Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2013 through June 2014.
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Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools and school districts, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with other eligible applicants.
Community organizations participating in The Big Read develop and produce community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read Library.
Please note: A Farewell to Arms, Washington Square, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and The Age of Innocence are not currently available for programming. Resources for these titles are still available on the Our Books page.
Questions about the application
Contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.