The Massillon Museum will host an online book talk on Thursday, April 21, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The discussion, led by former Washington High School English teacher David Harding, will focus on the book and poetry, as part of MassMu’s 2022 NEA Big Read project. The event is free and and will take place via Zoom. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets.
The discussion will complement this year’s NEA Big Read book selection, An American Sunrise by Muscogee author Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate. Free copies can be obtained at MassMu, the Massillon Public Library, and additional distribution sites as long as supplies last.
The Museum is distributing 1,200 copies of An American Sunrise, bringing the number of free Big Read books given to area residents to 30,000 since 2008. In each book is a bookmark containing a list of 30 local events and exhibitions that enhance enjoyment of reading the NEA Big Read book.
The Massillon Museum received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host the NEA Big Read in Western Stark County. An initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. MassMu is one of 61 nonprofit organizations across the nation to be selected to receive a prestigious NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program during this grant cycle.
In addition to the NEA grant, funding for the Big Read and the Little Read is provided by One Tiger, and Rotary Club of Massillon. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding and marketing support from Visit Canton. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330.833.4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon • MassMu Executive Director • 330-833-4061 x111
Stephanie Toole • MassMu Education and Outreach Manager/NEA Big Read Coordinator • 330.833.4061 x104
Margy Vogt • MassMu Public Relations Coordinator • 330.844.1525