NEA Big Read

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of 75 non-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project. The Arvada Center’s selection is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

This book was selected because it focuses on how the arts endure even when civilization is threatened. The novel immediately resonated with the staff who found solace in knowing the arts endured post-apocalypse and continued to provide meaning and comfort to those who survived. At the same time, the multi-faceted nature of the novel- from societal collapse and dystopia to comic books and music- will appeal to a wide-demographic, making it a good choice for bringing a diverse community together to discuss modern-day themes and anxieties. This connects to the Arvada Center mission in wanting to engage, challenge, and inspire patrons and visitors to experience their worlds in new ways.

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What is the NEA Big Read?

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

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