NEA Big Read 2019
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is pleased to host the NEA Big Read Cleveland program for the 2018-'19 program year. Our book selection is:
CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC
BY CLAUDIA RANKINE
Citizen: An American Lyric was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry and winner of the NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. It was also named one of the best books of the year by numerous media outlets, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and Publisher's Weekly. The book lays bare moments of racism that often surface in everyday encounters. It combines poetry with commentary, visual art, quotations from artists and critics, slogans, and scripts for films. It's "an anatomy of American racism in the new millennium" (Bookforum).
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.
For the second consecutive year, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) has been selected as one of 79 nonprofit organizations to host a NEA Big Read program. A grant award of $15,000 for the 2018-’19 program year, combined with expanded community partnerships and programming options, will give residents throughout Cuyahoga County the chance to participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read celebration of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. The official announcement can be read in the press release.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support opportunities for communities across the nation, both small and large, to take part in the NEA Big Read,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “This program encourages people to not only discuss a book together, but be introduced to new perspectives, discuss the issues at the forefront of our own lives, and connect with one another at events.”
For more information about the NEA Big Read 2019, please visit neabigread.org.
NEA BIG READ CLEVELAND 2019 PARTNERS
The NEA Big Read Programming will take place in partnership with:
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
We hope you will read and celebrate Citizen: An American Lyric with us! Public programming runs from January 23 through the end of March, so check out a copy of the book from your local library today and browse our events calendar to find an event near you!