National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

History/Overview of The Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, created The Big Read to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. In 2006, the first ten grantee organizations dotted the United States. Since then, The Big Read has awarded over 1,000 grants to reach communities in all 50 states along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Map of Participating Communities by Program Year

Using the buttons below, select an activity cycle to view participating communities. You may view one cycle at a time or cumulative cycles.

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Jan. - June 2006
Jan. - June 2007
Sept. - Dec. 2007
Jan. - June 2008
Sept. 2008 - June 2009
Sept. 2009 - June 2010
Sept. 2010 - June 2011
Sept. 2011 - June 2012
Sept. 2012 - June 2013
Sept. 2013 - June 2015
Sept. 2014 - June 2015
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