05/13/2014 -- CCAC awarded NEA grant for 2014–2015 Big Read initiative

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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PITTSBURGH—For the fourth consecutive year, the Community College of Allegheny County has been awarded a $15,000 grant to foster appreciation of classic works of literature. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Artsin partnership with Arts Midwest, provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from US and world literature. CCAC is one of 77 organizations nationwide—and the only one in Pennsylvania—to receive the grant this year.

Among the organizations receiving a Big Read grant are arts and humanities councils, libraries, museums, theater companies and colleges and universities. The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs.

Each community’s Big Read includes a kick-off event to launch the program; activities devoted specifically to its Big Read book or poet; events using the selection as a point of departure; and book discussions in diverse locations aimed at a wide range of audiences.

CCAC intends to use the NEA funding to continue its Big Read in Pittsburgh, a project of the CCAC One College…One Community initiative, which is an innovative partnership among CCAC and local school districts, libraries, correctional facilities and other organizations focusing on the discussion of a novel and its themes. This year’s Big Read in Pittsburgh program will focus on Ray Bradbury’s multiple award-winning novel, Fahrenheit 451. A cautionary tale on the role censorship has on a free society, the novel focuses on an oppressive and futuristic America where books are outlawed—burned if discovered—in a society where intellectual discourse and the free exchange of ideas are viewed with hostility and suspicion.

For more information about The Big Read visit neabigread.org.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates more than 30,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov

About Arts Midwest
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 nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest's history spans more than 25 years. For more information, visit artsmidwest.org.

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