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Pennyroyal Arts Council Receives NEA Big Read Grant

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The Pennyroyal Arts Council is the excited recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Christian County. An initiative of the National Endowment of 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 NEA Big Read in Christian County will focus on The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Activities will take place from January 25th to February 28th, 2019.

“Through the NEA Big Read we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “These 75 organizations have developed unique plans to celebrate these works, including numerous opportunities for exploration and conversation.”

For the fifth consecutive year, The Pennyroyal Arts Council will be partnering with Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, and many other local organizations and business to bring a variety of programming to the community. This year’s Big Read will kick off with a Vietnam War-era USO Show at the Alhambra. Weekly book discussions will be held at various locations, as well as a series of Classic Movies at the Alhambra directly related to the subject matter throughout the month of February. This year’s programming plans to utilize our military history to bring light to the memories and experiences of our veterans as well as active duty soldiers.

“We are excited to bring a wider community outreach into the programming this year. Christian County Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Military Affairs, Lindsey Geraci, brings new perspective to our Big Read team,” says Executive Director Margaret Prim.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,400 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $19 million in grants 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 $42 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More that 4.8 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read even, approximately 79,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and 37,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible. Last summer, the NEA announces a new focus for the NEA Big Read Library on contemporary authors and books written since the NEA was founded 50 years ago. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit neabigread.org.


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, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, was established in 1977. Their mission is to encourage, develop, and promote the appreciation of the Arts through Education, Support, Service, and Presentation. They are governed by a Board of Directors, which meets the second Monday of each month at the L&N Depot. Visitors are welcome to attend these meetings. Contact paci@hopkinsvilleky.us or call 270-887-4295 with any questions. For more information, visit www.pennyroyalarts.org.