Earlier this morning at a news conference at City Hall, Mayor Toni Harp in conjunction with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas announced a sparkling educational initiative that will be called the Big Read.
Spearheaded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read centers on the popular novel Into the Beautiful North, a book that provides social commentary on the life and perspective of an immigrant.
Flanking the Mayor at the news conference was Chad Herzog, New Haven City Librarian Martha Brogan, as well as officials from the New Haven education system, and festival fellows, students that will work with the event.
Toni Harp reaffirmed her commitment to reading, and education during her remarks at the podium.
“I like to think this initiative will create something of a community book club. City residents will be encouraged to read a book – the same book – and will then be invited to a series of workshops, discussions, and other events to bring home the full value of that book.
April 29th, 1:00pm
Big Read: Film and Discussion: The other side of Immigration
New Haven Public Library Fair Haven Branch
May 5th, 5:00pm
The Big Read Block Party at Junta
169 Grand Avenue, New Haven Connecticut
May 25th: 5:30pm
Dinner and Dialogue: Immigration
New Haven Free Public Library Ives Branch
June 17th, 6:00pm
Headline Concert; Troker and Fulaso
Key Bank stage on the New Haven Green
For more information on both the festival, and the Big Read Creative Challenge, feel free visit Artidea.org