CFLC Brings The Big Read to Wilmington

Cape Fear Literacy Council has been awarded a grant to host The Big Read Greater Wilmington. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest. CFLC is one of 78 not-for-profits across the US awarded grant funds to host a Big Read project. The Big Read Greater Wilmington will host events inspired by The Great Gatsby from January 25, 2013 to March 8, 2013.

The $15,000 Big Read grant will be used to promote and carry out a community -based reading program featuring events such as book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. CFLC’s Big Read community partners are WHQR, New Hanover County Public Library, UNCW, New Hanover County Public High Schools, Cape Fear Community College, Cameron Art Museum, YWCA, the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Old Books on Front Street, Pomegranate Books, Two Sisters Bookery and Barnes & Noble. If you or your organization are interested in becoming involved or sponsoring an event, please contact Barie Wolf-Bowen at 910-251-0911 or

For more information about The Big Read Greater Wilmington, please visit our website.

Detailed event information can be found on the Cape Fear Literacy Council community page of the NEA Big Read website.

You can also like our Big Read Greater Wilmington Facebook page and follow along on Twitter!

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 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 the six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit