The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Irving Public Libraryhas been awarded of a grant of $10,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Irving. Irving Public Library will present readings, talks, and a multitude of other interactive activities focused on A Small Story About the Sky by renowned poet Alberto Ríos, from January 23 – February 27, 2021.
During this series IPL will celebrate themes from A Small Story About the Sky with activities that will help the public learn about and appreciate poetry, explore the environment of the desert Southwest and our own North Texas environment, and celebrate the Hispanic culture. Activities will include workshops, craft activities, films, poetry readings, an art contest, and a poetry slam event hosted by program partner Dallas Poetry Slam.
The NEA Big Read offers a 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.