Pennyroyal Arts Council Receives NEA Big Read Grant

Christian County to Read and Celebrate “Our Town” From October 1st –November 8th 2019

Pennyroyal Arts Council is a recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Hopkinsville. 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. Pennyroyal Arts Council 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 Christian County will focus on Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Activities will take place between October 1st and November 8th. 

“The NEA Big Read grant has been a highlight of our programming for the past five years. Our community partners are very excited about our selection this year and plan to put a spotlight on our town, Hopkinsville, in the journey. We work closely with our public, private and homeschool children on programming and books. Our community involvement has helped us to secure this grant for six consecutive years.” says Executive Director Margaret Prim. 

“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 Pennyroyal Arts Council, 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. 

For the sixth consecutive year, The Pennyroyal Arts Council will be partnering with Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, and many other local organizations and businesses to bring a variety of programming to our community. 

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,400 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $20 million to organizations nationwide. In addition, Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country. Over the past twelve years, grantees have leveraged more than $50 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, approximately 91,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and 39,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible.

For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit arts.gov/neabigread.


Established in 1977, the mission of the Pennyroyal Arts Council, Inc. is to encourage, develop, and promote the appreciation of the Arts through: education, support, service, and presentation. The Pennyroyal Arts Council, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more. 

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.