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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Musgrave
502-564-3757, ext. 489
tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

3 Kentucky nonprofits selected for
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2016) Three Kentucky organizations have been selected as grant recipients of more than $40,000 for The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initiative that supports community reading programs.

The organizations are among 77 nonprofit groups that will receive grants totaling more than $1 million to host Big Read projects between September 2016 and June 2017.

The NEA Big Read’s goal is to broaden understanding of the world, communities and individuals through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence received $12,100 to build a program around “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines. Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center received $14,000 for a program centered on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Pennyroyal Arts Council in Hopkinsville received $14,000 for its program on books by Edgar Allan Poe.

“The Big Read is an important literacy initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, and we’re glad to have Kentucky represented among the grant recipients,” said Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council executive director. “It’s a win that community pride can be built around learning more about a great work of literature.”

“I have the opportunity to travel around the country and see the way the arts can inspire, allow for reflection and create new experiences,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I look forward to the creative ways these 77 organizations will bring their communities together around a great work of literature through their participation in the NEA Big Read.”

For more information about The Big Read, visit the NEA website.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.