East Georgia State College was recently awarded a grant to host the NEA Big Read in Swainsboro. This program is part of the National Endowment for the Arts, and broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. EGSC is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. The NEA Big Read at EGSC will focus on A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant and excited about the impact that this funding will have on both our campus and the Emanuel County community. We are also very grateful to our community partners, the Franklin Memorial Library and the Emanuel County Board of Education, without whose support bringing the NEA Big Read to Emanuel County would not have been possible,” said Amanda McKenzie, Library Director at EGSC.
Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, “I have the opportunity to travel around the country and see the way the arts can inspire, allow for reflection, and create new experiences. 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.”
Managed by Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The program supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
EGSC’s NEA Big Read program will take place September 1-30, 2016, and the selected book will be used for the 2016 Academic Convocation at EGSC on September 22. There will also be a number of community events that tie in with the reading, including book giveaways and discussions, a guest-artist music performance, an art contest, kids programming, and more. Make sure to keep an eye out, as events will be announced throughout the coming months on the EGSC website at www.ega.edu.
For more information about the NEA Big Read, visit neabigread.org.