Arts Connection, the San Bernardino County Council for the Arts, is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant.
The grant will support a community reading program in the Morongo Basin focused on âAn American Sunriseâ by American poet laureate Joy Harjo. The program will run from September 28 to October 28.
“For the third year in a row, Arts Connection will be able to provide access to books and free programs to residents of the Morongo Basin,” said Marie Bobin, Arts Connection program director for the Morongo Basin, in a statement. “We are delighted to celebrate the work of current American poet laureate Joy Harjo and to welcome Ms. Harjo to the desert on September 28 to kick off our Big Read Month.”
âFor 15 years, the NEA Big Read has supported opportunities for communities to come together around a book, creating a shared experience that encourages openness and conversations on issues critical to our lives,â Ann Eilers, President Acting of the National Endowment for the Arts, said in the press release. “We congratulate Arts Connection on receiving a NEA Big Read grant and look forward to a wide variety of meaningful community events.”
The NEA Big Read offers a range of titles that reflect many voices and perspectives, aimed at inspiring conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, run by Arts Midwest, which annually supports community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.
Books available for NEA Big Read 2021-2022 explore aspects of American history and culture.
Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,700 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $ 23 million to organizations nationwide. More than 5.7 million Americans attended a NEA Big Read event, more than 90,000 volunteers participated locally and more than 40,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible, according to the Press release.
For more information on NEA Big Read, visit arts.gov/neabigread.