Arts council receives Big Read grant for sixth year Community will read 'Our Town' this fall

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The NEA Big Read in Christian County will focus on "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Local activities will take place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 8.

The Pennyroyal Arts Council is a recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Hopkinsville for the sixth year.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read brings communities together by sharing a good book.

The 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. Local activities will take place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 8.

“The NEA Big Read grant has been a highlight of our programming for the past five years," said Arts Council Executive Director Margaret Prim. "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.”

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.

“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.”

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