The Big Read is a program run by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 7 Stages is pleased to be a recipient of The Big Read Grant. This season 7 Stages will focus on Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies.

Join us during The Big Read for festivals, local author panels, and discussions all culminating with a finale highlighting your own artistic responses to the book.

Big Read Events:

December 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM – Courageous Human Interactions -Stories of Courage & Truth

Come join Gotta Dance Contemporary in partnership with AREA and Youth Creates. Be a part of a night of self discovery, reflection, and courage as we explore the truth behind our humanity. Videography by A.J. Paug. Original music by Jed Drummond. Choreography by Rachel Truitt, Jon Carr, and the GDC Apprentice Company. Directed by Heidi S Howard. General admission $28 (tickets available only at the door)

January 17, 2018 at 7 PM – Hear Our Voice: Atlanta women fighting for human rights at the Georgia Center for the Book (Dekalb County Public Library)

Author Jessica Handler moderates a panel of local activists, government officials, and attorneys impacting our communities and beyond, including: Nora Benavidez (civil rights attorney), Mary-Pat Hector (advocate and community organizer), Liliana Bakhtiari (district 5 city council candidate) and Janel Green (executive director of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice). This event is a part of 7 Stages National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. This year’s Big Read book is Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of Butterflies.

February 21, 2018 at 7 PM – Locked up: Love letters from behind bars  at the Georgia Center for the Book (Dekalb County Public Library)

Letters from prison are censored but many found ways to provide the truth to love ones and continue their efforts in revolutions by using codes. At this event we will read some of those letters and discuss the power those words had beyond the confinements of prison as well as the hope they inspired. This event is a part of 7 Stages National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. This year’s Big Read book is Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of Butterflies.

March 21, 2018 at 7 PM – Cultural Politics: how art becomes activism  at the Georgia Center for the Book (Dekalb County Public Library)

A panel discussion with local artists who use art as a form of activism and how they use their work to provoke and inspire change. This event is a part of 7 Stages National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. This year’s Big Read book is Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of Butterflies.