Fresno City College recently received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read initiative. The Big Read project brings communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book. FCC has collaborated with the Fresno County Public Library, FCC Art Space Gallery, and the SCCCD Foundation to make this event possible. This year’s Big Read focuses on the book, An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, the current US Poet Laureate and the first Native American to receive this achievement.
The kick-off will be on March 4 and finale with Joy Harjo will be on April 24, 2021.
Joy will present a Virtual Keynote on April 24 at 2 pm PST.
This event is free and open to the public. A link to register will be available soon.
Our selection of Joy Harjo’s book, An American Sunrise, seeks to provide inspiration for the formation and reclamation of voice by Native Americans and other marginalized communities in California’s Central Valley. Our Big Read project will highlight Native American issues by engaging local cultural communities as both audience and participants in a series of book discussions, dance, music, readings, storytelling, and visual arts activities centered on the text.