The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded one of its two national Chairman's Extraordinary Action Awards to Auburn University's Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project.
The $12,000 award will support a pilot project to assist the NEA in developing its "Big Read" program for correctional facilities.
Since 2002, the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Program (APAEP) has offered classes in the arts and humanities to incarcerated people in Alabama through the Department of Psychology in Auburn's College of Liberal Arts.
"The Big Read is designed to restrore reading to the center of American Culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities," said Kyes Stevens, founder of the prison project. "For this project, APAEP will work with NEA personnel to enhance the program for the prison setting."