The Carson Center announced on Wednesday that it received one of 78 grants issued to nonprofits nationwide by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, to pursue a community reading program in Paducah.

Paducah's NEA Big Read will focus on Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," with activities taking place between December 2019 and February 2020.

The program showcases a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection.

Event partners for the program will include the McCracken County Public Library and Maiden Alley Cinema.

For more information about the NEA Big Read, visit

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