LISBON – Stage Left Players Community Arts Center is one of 62 national organizations selected to receive a 2022-2023 NEA Big Read grant. An $8,375 grant will support community arts and reading programs based on the themes and story of Andrew Krivak’s The Bear. The events will take place from September 10, 2022 through May 6, 2023. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read expands our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.
“We are honored to be one of 62 recipients nationwide of NEA Big Read funding to bring The Bear’s great story to our community in partnership with The Lepper Library and many other local organizations. As Stage Left expands its vision and mission to serve as a local community arts hub, we plan to provide many ways to engage and delight our community through this program,” said Kandy Cleland, artistic director of the Stage Left Players Community Arts Center.
“It’s inspiring to see how NEA Big Read grantees like Stage Left Players use these books as launching pads for their own programming, often creating opportunities for community conversations, new partnerships, and encouraging participants to incorporate art into their daily life, said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, president of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The NEA Big Read features a range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in every community. The initiative’s main feature is a grants program, run by Arts Midwest, that annually supports vibrant community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.
“Across America, in communities large and small, the NEA Big Read connects neighbors and inspires creativity,” said Torrie Allen, President and CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are thrilled to support grantees like the Stage Left Players Community Arts Center who bring the pages of these wonderful books to life through inventive programming. »
Stage Left will partner with The Lepper Library, local school districts, and many other local and regional organizations to offer The Bear-related programming from September 2022 through May 2023. The Bear is a post-apocalyptic fable about a father and his daughter, the last two people on Earth, who live off the land at the foot of a mountain. When the girl finds herself lost and alone, a bear appears to bring her home. The Bear themes will be tailored to provide fun activities for all age groups. Some planned initiatives include a launch festival hosted by Stage Left at the historic Trinity Playhouse in September, book talks and programs hosted by The Lepper Library, a family nature hike, family paint and sip nights. , creative open houses for artists, a book roundtable, an evening of sailing the stars and a community art show. For more details on each program, visit stageleftplayers.org. Stage Left invites all community partners interested in hosting a book club or joining in the festivities to contact Kandy Cleland at [email protected]