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Thank you!

for a fantastic year!

We are so grateful for everyone's support and dedication in our year long celebration of gratitude as part of the NEA Big Read Initiative!

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unabashed gratitude, growth, & gathering

an NEA Big Read initiative

Unabashed Gratitude, Growth, and Gathering cultivated community through collaborative
programming that centered on gratitude and gardening.

Community included intentional gatherings of individuals

from different generations, abilities, spiritual practices and racial identities.

Unabashed Gratitude, Growth, and Gathering was a collaborative Big Read Initiative of Hamilton Wings, Gail Borden Public Library, Sanctuary Poets, Mujeres Latinas Unidas & various community organizations. Our programs followed the seasons of growth, rest, and renewal and celebrated gratitude, community, and nature. Unabashed Gratitude kicked off with a celebration of our ancestral harvest. Books were given away and our diverse racial and cultural communities were asked to share what they gratefully "harvest" from their ancestors through gratitude reflections and a community engaged art installation. Five public book (only) discussions and twelve neighbor-hosted book and dinner discussions were held
at various community locations and homes. Several planned, enrichment events happened in nature settings. Events included poetry writing and arts-based celebrations, workshops, and discussions inspired by the poems and themes in Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

Unabashed Gratitude, Growth, and Gathering is a collaborative Big Read Initiative of Hamilton Wings, Gail Borden Public Library, Sanctuary Poets, Mujeres Latinas Unidas & various community organizations. Our programs will follow the seasons of growth, rest, and renewal and celebrate gratitude, community, and nature. Unabashed Gratitude kicks off with a celebration of our ancestral harvest. Books will be given away and our diverse racial and cultural communities will be asked to share what they gratefully "harvest" from their ancestors through gratitude reflections and a community engaged art installation. Five public book (only) discussions and twelve neighbor-hosted book and dinner discussions will be held
at various community locations and homes. Several planned, enrichment events will happen in nature settings. Events will include poetry writing and arts-based celebrations, workshops, and discussions inspired by the poems and themes in Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

Check out how we celebrated!

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National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

 

Arts Midwest supports, informs, and celebrates Midwestern creativity. We build community and opportunity across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, the Native Nations that share this geography, and beyond. As one of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, Arts Midwest works to strengthen local arts and culture efforts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, state agencies, private funders, and many others. Learn more at artsmidwest.org.

What is the NEA Big Read?

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our neighbors, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience. Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read title.

stay tuned for new information!

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