NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley

Join your community in April 2018 as we read Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

The NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a one book, one community program that brings together residents from throughout the St. Croix Valley around a common book. ArtReach is pleased to announce that in 2018 programming will include a variety of literary, visual and performing arts opportunities centered on themes found in Into the Beautiful North.

Read the book  Numerous copies of Into the Beautiful North and book club kits can be found in circulation at local libraries throughout the St. Croix Valley. In addition, ArtReach will be distributing hundreds of Read and Release copies of the book throughout the St. Croix Valley in Little Free Libraries, laundromats, coffee shops and doctor’s offices. If you prefer to purchase you own copy of Into the Beautiful North our local independently-owned bookstores Valley Bookseller in Stillwater and Chapter 2 Books in Hudson have copies available.

Call for Artists  Be part of exhibition by submitting work to Bridges & Borders, a Big Read exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix. What separates us? What brings us together? Is is geographical, natural, political, cultural? Learn more

Call for Stories  Be part of a microfiction collection. Into the Beautiful North is a decidedly modern take on a familiar theme: journeys. Some say the destination is the journey itself. Can you tell a whole story on this theme in the space of a postcard? Learn more

Check back in February for a full list of programs and opportunities happening April 5-May 5. 

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. ArtReach St. Croix is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

ArtReach St. Croix is presenting the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, River Falls Public Library, St. Croix Festival Theatre and library branches located in St. Croix Valley communities between St. Croix Falls, WI and Hastings, MN.