NEA Big Read 2017

NEA Big Read 2017

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is please to announce our 2017 NEA Big Read book selection:

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is set in the Great Lakes region, twenty years after a global flu pandemic wiped out most of the world’s population. The story primarily follows the Traveling Symphony, a small troupe of classical musicians and Shakespearean actors who move between settlements of survivors to perform. Their motto: “Because survival is insufficient.”

What is the Big Read?

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program this year. The official announcement can be read in the press release.

“Through the NEA Big Read we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “These 75 organizations have developed unique plans to celebrate these works, including numerous opportunities for exploration and conversation.”

For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit neabigread.org.

When is the NEA Big Read in Cleveland?

The NEA Big Read in Cleveland will take place September 23 – November 16, 2017 in partnership with Cleveland Public Library, Lake Erie Ink, Literary Cleveland, and Great Lakes Theater. A public kick-off event will be Saturday, September 23 from 10am-12pm at Cleveland Public Library’s Carnegie West Branch (1900 Fulton Rd). A culminating celebration and panel discussion will be Thursday, November 16 from 10am-12pm at Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s East Professional Center (1349 E 79th St).

How can I participate?

Below is a calendar of Cleveland NEA Big Read events open to the entire community. We hope you will read and celebrate Station Eleven with us! Check out a copy of the book from your local Cleveland Public Library today!

NOV 15 | ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION/CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7pm-9pm
Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

NOV 16 | CULMINATING PANEL DISCUSSION 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 10am-12pm
CMSD East Professional Center
1349 E 79th St, Cleveland, OH 44103

Past Events

SEPT 23 | CLEVELAND NEA BIG READ KICK-OFF!
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10am-12pm
Cleveland Public Library – Carnegie West Branch
1900 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

SEPT 27 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4pm-5pm
Cleveland Public Library – Jefferson Branch
4850 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

SEPT 27 | ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION/CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7pm-9pm
Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

SEPT 28 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Lorain Branch
8216 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

SEPT 30 | ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION/CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 2pm-3pm
Cleveland Public Library – Addison Branch
6901 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

OCT 2 | CREATIVE WRITING FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS WORKSHOP
Monday, October 2, 2017 from 4pm-5pm
Cleveland Public Library – South Brooklyn Branch
4303 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109

OCT 3 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Woodland Branch
5806 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104

OCT 4 | GRAPHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Cleveland Public Library – South Brooklyn Branch
4303 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109

OCT 5 | CREATIVE WRITING/GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Jefferson Branch
4850 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

OCT 6 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Friday, October 6, 2017 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – South Brooklyn Branch
4303 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109

OCT 10 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Tuesday, November 10, 2017 from 4pm-5pm
Cleveland Public Library – Rice Branch
11535 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44104

OCT 11 | GRAPHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Woodland Branch
5806 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104

OCT 13 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Friday, October 13, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Rockport Branch
4421 W 140th St, Cleveland, OH 44135

OCT 16 | CREATIVE WRITING/GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Monday, October 16, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Lorain Branch
8216 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

OCT 17 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
1962 Stokes Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

OCT 18 | GRAPHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Lorain Branch
8216 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

OCT 23 | GRAPHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
Monday, October 23, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Rockport Branch
4421 W 140th St, Cleveland, OH 44135

OCT 24 | GRAPHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Jefferson Branch
4850 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

OCT 24 | CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Jefferson Branch
4850 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

OCT 27 | CREATIVE WRITING/GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Woodland Branch
5806 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104

NOV 2 | CREATIVE WRITING/GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
1962 Stokes Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

NOV 3 | CREATIVE WRITING/GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4pm-5pm
Cleveland Public Library – Rice Branch
11535 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44104

NOV 6 | CREATIVE WRITING/GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Monday, November 6, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Rockport Branch
4421 W 140th St, Cleveland, OH 44135

NOV 9 | UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP
Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library – Walz Branch
7910 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44102

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