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3 Kentucky organizations receive NEA reading grants

Grants go to arts centers in Ashland, Hopkinsville, library in Owenton

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 25) — Three Kentucky organizations have been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive funding for community reading projects through the 2014 round of The Big Read grants.

UnknownThe Big Read program, started in 2006, supports organizations across the country in developing local reading programs in an effort to encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities.

Applicants choose one work from 36 selections of American and world literature and develop innovative programming related to the book. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. This year, 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide received grants totaling more than $1 million to host a Big Read project. Kentucky organizations receiving grants are:

  • Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, $17,000
  • Pennyroyal Arts Council, Hopkinsville, $12,000
  • Owen County Public Library, Owenton, $7,600

Each organization will host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015 based on the chosen work.