The NEA Big Read brings communities together by reading the same book. Thanks to a grant from the NEA, the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts is now hosting our 11th Big Read program for Camden, South Jersey, and the Rutgers-Camden campus. To pick up your FREE COPY of our NEA Big Read book, stop by the Robeson Library or the RCCA Stedman Gallery.

Stay tuned for more updates on Big Read book discussions and other programs taking place Spring 2024!

Explore Sitting Pretty – The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

“Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), inspirational (Helen Keller), or angelic (Forrest Gump). None of this felt right; and as she got older, she longed for more stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling.

Writing about the rhythms and textures of what it means to live in a body that doesn’t fit, Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life.

Disability affects all of us, directly or indirectly, at one point or another. By exploring this truth in poignant and lyrical essays, Taussig illustrates the need for more stories and more voices to understand the diversity of humanity. Sitting Pretty challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story.” https://rebekahtaussig.com/portfolio/sitting-pretty/

This spring, the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts will participate in NEA Big Read for the 11th time with Sitting Pretty. The two-month celebration features a lecture series, art installation sites, storytelling programs, and more.  A copy of Sitting Pretty or an age appropriate companion book will be given to each patron at select events.  

For more information on The Big Read or to have your own book group, contact RCCA-Info@Camden.Rutgers.edu


THE BIG READ CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February 14th, 11 am to 1 pm at the Campus Center of Rutgers Camden.
Valentine’s Day Book Tabling Event
Join us for FREE Book Giveaways and a bookmark making activity.


Starting March 5th at the Robeson Library of Rutgers Camden.
Come visit our interactive display and enjoy FREE Book Giveaways at the Robeson Library. Add your insight to the discourse of the writing prompt provided. Writing samples will be shared anonymously via RCCA’s social media sites.


Join us Saturday, March 2nd as we partner with the Salvation Army Kroc Center during the Horizon Healthy Living Fair

The event runs 11 am to 2 pm and we will be giving away FREE copies of ‘Sitting Pretty’ along with teaching a bookmarking making and weaving activity.
1865 Harrison Ave, Camden, NJ 08105

 
MORE ABOUT NEA BIG READ AT RCCA Spring 2024
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) will host an avid book club for Camden residents as it participates in its 11th National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read. The two-month book celebration – expected to run from January to May 2025 – will feature a series of events centering on Sitting Pretty- The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig.  Events include a lecture series, art installation sites, storytelling programs, and more.
 
Launched in 2006, the NEA Big Read aims to inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in participating communities. In partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA supports programming centered around one of 15 different contemporary books. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title.