The Big Read

The Big Read

Since Fishtrap was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to conduct a pilot Big Read program in 2006, residents from throughout Wallowa County have come together to read and celebrate a different work of literature each winter.  The month-long program includes distribution of free copies of the selected book, discussion groups, school presentations, art projects, lectures, films and the ever-present Wallowa County potlucks.  We have read many books, most recently we read True Grit, by Charles Portis. Check back here in August of 2014 to learn the book selection for The Big Read in 2015.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Fishtrap was one of 77 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014.  We have applied for another grant to support a Big Read program in 2015. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Want to get involved?  Contact Fishtrap Program Manager, Mike Midlo.

Thank you to the many individual donors and local sponsors who helped make The Big Read possible including:

Wallowa County Cultural Trust Coalition
Pacific Power Foundation
Community Bank
Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
Hell’s Canyon Mule Days
Enterprise-Joseph Lion’s Club
AAUW Wallowa County