NEA BIG READ 2019
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of 79 nonprofit organizations to host a NEA Big Read program for the 2018-’19 program year. Our NEA Big Read 2019 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.
WHEN IS THE NEA BIG READ 2019 IN CLEVELAND?
The NEA Big Read in Cleveland Programming will take place during the month of February 2019 in partnership with America SCORES Cleveland, Cleveland Cinemas, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, Euclid Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves, Heights Libraries, Karamu House, Lake Erie Ink, Lakewood Library, Literary Cleveland, Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, Trinity Cathedral, United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, and Westlake Porter Public Library.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Check back soon for a calendar of Cleveland NEA Big Read 2019 events open to the entire community. We hope you will read and celebrate Citizen: An American Lyric with us! Check out a copy of the book from your local library today!