Metropolitan State University has received a $14,200 grant to promote and host The Big Read between January and March 2016. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. It brings communities together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 37 selections from U.S. and world literature.
Metropolitan State University’s Big Read selection, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, a novel frequently described as an African American feminist classic, will be the center of events and book discussions on our campuses and in Saint Paul community organizations. The grant provides funding for events, reader’s and teacher’s guides and audio guides designed to support and promote literacy and reading within the community. A kick-off event with a keynote speaker will occur in January with the following events happening in February and March: book discussions, storytelling, film screenings and a dedicated Gordon Parks Gallery display.
The Big Read began in 2006 and to date, the NEA has funded more than 1,100 Big Read programs and has provided more than $16 million in grants. This year’s recipient list includes 74 other organizations throughout the country. Said NEA Chairman Jane Chu of this year’s selection, “The Big Read is a powerful example of how the arts can bring communities together and help us 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.”
For more information about The Big Read, visit this website.