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Posted on: June 14, 2019

Anaheim receives grant for NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read

The Anaheim Public Library has been awarded a $15,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host a community read event of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder.

Described by many as the Great American Play, “Our Town” is a 20th Century drama about the unique and ordinary events that families experience.

From March 14 to April 11, 2020, Anaheim Library will lead a communitywide reading and exploration of the play, with programs that celebrate the cultural diversity of Anaheim’s residents, both past and present.

Anaheim Library will bring the story to life with the theme of, “Our Town: Anaheim” for the kickoff celebration at Central Library on March 14, 2020.

The month-long celebration is made possible by a $15,000 NEA Big Read grant. NEA Big Read book picks are designed to bring communities together through the shared experience of reading.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced grant recipients on June 12, 2019, and Anaheim Public Library is one of 78 organizations across the U.S. sharing more than one million dollars in grants. This is the fifth year in a row that Anaheim Library has taken part in the NEA Big Read.

Additional funding and support are generously provided by Altrusa International of Anaheim, Anaheim Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Anaheim Public Library and Friends of Canyon Hills Library (FOCAL).

The NEA Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, which manages the grant program.  Since 2006, more than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event.  Three other libraries (in Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky) will feature OUR TOWN during this award period.  

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