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NEA Big Read 2018

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Large elaborate typeface for title and author and an illustration of a menacing eagle flying right towards the reader over a blue forbidding landscapeMassillon Museum is pleased to announce that, for the eleventh consecutive year, we have been awarded the NEA Big Read Grant! A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read elected the Massillon Museum as one of seventy seven non-profit organizations to promote a community reading program designed around a single book, and your Museum has been selected to receive the grant for 2018. This year's NEA Big Read program will be celebrating the famous fantasy novel, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

MassMu is saddened by the recent news of Ursula K. Le Guin passing; This April, our NEA Big Read celebration of her pioneering book will pay tribute to the remarkably imaginative woman who crafted fantastical worlds.

The Massillon Museum has been selected to participate annually in The Big Read since 2008, and since that time, Massillon Museum has distributed more than 23,500 free copies of literary classics, offering dozens of free programs to enhance the reading experience. 

Click here to learn more about this year's book selection, view media guides, and listen to audio guides.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


Participate in the NEA Big Read Middle & High School Fantasy Art Poster Contest!

As part of its eleventh annual NEA Big Read, the Massillon Museum has organized a high school fantasy art poster contest. The competition will accent the 2018 book selection, A Wizard of Earthsea, a young adult fantasy novel written by the American author Ursula K. Le Guin.

Posters, which must reflect the original design and creation of the student, should engage a fantasy theme, in the spirit of A Wizard of Earthsea, but they need not be directly linked to the book itself.

The winning poster entrant and his/her art teacher will enjoy a private lunch at the Massillon Museum with award-winning illustrator Charles Vess, whose artwork is featured in the anniversary edition of A Wizard of Earthsea.  The winner will also receive a matted print signed by Charles Vess.

For more details about the contest and to obtain the required submission form, download our guidelines as a PDF here.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on March 9, 2018.

Rules for Entry:

  • Posters should engage a fantasy theme, in the spirit of A Wizard of Earthsea, but need not be directly linked to the book itself.
  • Posters must reflect the original design and creation of the student.
  • Posters must meet the following guidelines:
    • Can be no larger than 11” x 17”
    • May be in color or black & white
    • Any weight of paper is allowed, but artwork must be matted.
  • Students must submit posters individually - no team posters are permitted.
  • Computer graphics are allowed, as long as they are original designs of the student.
  • Each student may only submit one entry.
  • Student must be in high school within Stark County.

Submission Dates and Guidelines:

  • Students may submit their own works directly to the Massillon Museum. Parents or teachers may submit works on behalf of students.
  • Posters must be submitted to Massillon Museum by 5:00pm, March 9, 2018
  • Posters should be delivered to Massillon Museum in person or via mail.
  • If mailing via USPS, please do not fold the poster. The preferred mailing method is to send via envelope between two flat pieces of cardboard. Please be sure to adhere sufficient postage.


Fantasy Drawing Workshop

Saturday, February 24 In anticipation to this year's Big Read fantasy novel, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, MassMu invites Middle and High School students to participate in a special workshop by Tim Eakin, teaching the basics of fantasy illustration and beyond.
1-3pm This workshop is free, but registration is required.
  To register, stop by the Museum during any of our open hours or call (330) 833-4061.
  Middle and High School students are also encouraged to enter MassMu's Big Read Fantasy Poster Contest. Details listed above. 


Check Back Soon for NEA Big Read 2018 Events!

Previous Massillon Museum The Big Read Selections:

2017: True Grit by Charles Portis

2016: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

2015: Old School by Tobias Wolff

2014: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2013: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2012: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

2011: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

2010: The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

2009: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

2008: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

To learn more about the NEA The Big Read, click here.



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