California Nonprofits Receive Big Read Grants
NEA funds community-wide reads
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that 78 nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling $1 million to host a Big Read project as part of the 2012-2013 program. The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, "At the NEA, we know that the arts can help to create strong, vibrant communities by bringing people together. Through The Big Read, these 78 organizations are giving their communities the opportunity to share both great works of literature and memorable experiences."
Nine of these organizations are based in California and received a combined total of $136,800:
- Fresno County Public Library, Bless Me, Ultima, $15,000
- Shakespeare at Play, poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, $16,000
- Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council, poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, $11,200
- Rural California Broadcasting Corporation / KRCB, Emily Dickinson, $16,000
- Write Out Loud, Fahrenheit 451, $13,600
- Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Library, Inc., The Grapes of Wrath, $20,000
- Rancho Cucamonga Library Service, The Great Gatsby, $15,000
- City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Thief and the Dogs, $16,000
- San Leandro Public Library, Their Eyes Were Watching God, $14,000
The California Arts Council congratulates these grantees.
See the full press release for more information on organizations awarded Big Read grants.