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533Fwd: Time to Apply for The Big Read!

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  • mturner4626@aol.com
    Dec 1, 2007
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      This might be a good opportunity, especially if your museum already has a good relationship with your local library.

      Mary Turner
      Illinois Association of Museums
      Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
      1 Old State Capitol Plaza
      Springfield, IL 62701

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Illinois Assn of Museums <ilassnmus@...>
      To: Mary Turner <mturner4626@...>
      Sent: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 3:48 pm
      Subject: Fwd: Time to Apply for The Big Read!

      Jeannine Mjoseth <JMjoseth@...> wrote:
      Subject: Time to Apply for The Big Read!
      Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 14:38:39 -0500
      From: "Jeannine Mjoseth" <JMjoseth@...>
      To: "Jeannine Mjoseth" <JMjoseth@...>

      The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of
      Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release can
      be read on the agency's Web site at

      November 30, 2007

      IMLS Press Contacts
      Jeannine Mjoseth, jmjoseth@...
      Mamie Bittner, mbittner@...

      Time to Apply for the Big Read

      Application Deadline: February 12, 2008

      Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in
      partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces
      the fourth deadline for the Big Read program. The purpose of the Big
      Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular
      culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 - $20,000 are available to encourage
      local communities to inspire reading through the Big Read program. This
      will be the only application deadline in 2008.

      Big Read grants require the participation of a library as a lead
      applicant or a partner. IMLS strongly encourages museums of all types to
      apply as lead applicants or as partner organizations in the Big Read.
      Communities across the country have strengthened their Big Read projects
      by enlisting the support of art, science, history, and children's
      museums, as well as aquaria, arboreta, botanical gardens, nature
      centers, and zoos. Some library/museum collaborations include:

      * In its celebration of A Farewell to Arms, the Oak Park Public
      Library in Oak Park, IL, partnered with the Ernest Hemingway Foundation
      of Oak Park to host book discussions and costumed tours of the Hemingway
      birth home and museum.
      * In programs related to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the
      Attleboro Public Library in Attleboro, MA, partnered with the Attleboro
      Arts Museum on "Reflections of Fahrenheit 451," the community's artistic
      response to the book and "The River of Our Voices," a poetry workshop
      for readers of Fahrenheit 451.
      * The major role of animals in Jack London's The Call of the Wild,
      spurred the Omaha Public Library in Omaha, NE, to team up with the Henry
      Doorly Zoo for a talk by local Iditarod participant Matt Anderson and
      information sessions on various aspects of wolf behavior, diet, and

      Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will receive a
      grant, financial support to attend a national orientation meeting,
      educational and promotional materials for broad distribution, an
      organizer's guide for developing and managing Big Read activities,
      guidance on working with local media, inclusion of the organization and
      its activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of
      participating in a highly visible national initiative.

      The Request for Proposals can be downloaded at www.NEABigRead.org. The
      proposal deadline is February 12, 2008. Questions should be directed to
      Arts Midwest at 612/341-0755 or TheBigRead@....

      The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in
      partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in
      cooperation with Arts Midwest.

      About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of
      Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for
      the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's
      mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to
      information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in
      coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage,
      culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support
      professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please
      visit www.imls.gov.

      About the National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the
      Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the
      arts-both new and established-bringing the arts to all Americans, and
      providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965
      as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the
      nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50
      states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For
      more information, please visit www.arts.gov.

      About Arts Midwest
      Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to
      meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and
      understanding across boundaries. 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 www.artsmidwest.org.

      Illinois Association of Museums
      Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
      1 Old State Capitol Plaza
      Springfield, IL 62701
      217/524-6977 FAX: 217/785-7937

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