PADUCAH – The Carson Center is a recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Paducah. 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. The Carson Center is one of 78 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program between September 2019 and June 2020. The NEA Big Read in Paducah will focus on “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Activities will take place from December 2019 – February 2020.

Josh Morehead, director of education and outreach at The Carson Center states, “Our intent is to promote and increase reading and improve literacy in our community, as well as reading pleasure among adults and youth in our region.  The goal is that conversations around this book title between community members will expand beyond words on a page and help create a more informed community through events in multiple locations, with multiple community partnerships, and widespread participation.”  

“It is inspiring to see both large and small communities across the nation come together around a book,” said National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We always look forward to the unique ways cities, towns, and organizations, like The Carson Center, explore these stories and encourage community participation in a wide variety of events.” 

The NEA Big Read showcases a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection.

The Carson Center looks forward to working with event partners such as the McCracken County Public Library and Maiden Alley Cinema, among others. 

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