NEA Big Read underway in Norfolk
NORFOLK, Neb. -- A community college in northeast Nebraska is holding a multi-month event to promote inclusion in its community.
Northeast Community College in Norfolk is holding its first-ever National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.
Organizers said the goal of the event is to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in the community by focusing on one book.
The book chosen is "Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body" by Rebekah Taussig.
"It is such a nice, honest rendering of her experiences," said Jennifer Ippensen, the project director for the NEA Big Read. "I think her authenticity really brings people to the table, invites people to share their own stories and to better understand how to respect and serve one another."
Different businesses and organizations around Norfolk will have copies of the book for people to grab.
The event runs from this month to May and each business participating will host different events to promote the event.
Ippensen explained why the NEA Big Read is a great opportunity to learn more making everyday places and situations more inclusive.
"The more we learn about people's stories and lived experiences," she said. "I think the better off we are as far as being able to think from different perspectives and to be creative and imaginative about how to make our spaces inclusive of everyone. And to better be aware of the needs of different kinds of people."
Northeast Community College is one of 62 organizations to receive a grant to put the event on.
On Feb. 23, Northeast will hold a kick-off party at the Lifelong Learning Center.
For more information about the Big Read, click here.