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Fall for the Book to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

March 18, 2022, Fairfax, VA — Fall for the Book has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project will promote reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities. Fall for the Book is among 1,125 projects across America totaling more than $26.6 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2022 funding.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including Fall for the Book, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

Festival Director, Kara Oakleaf said, “We’re so honored and grateful to the NEA for their support of the 2022 Fall for the Book festival, especially as we return to hosting in-person events and reconnecting with the community of readers in the Northern Virginia region.”   

Based at George Mason University, Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held each October. The festival and year-round events and activities connect readers and authors on a personal level in new and vibrant ways, illustrates the many ways reading encourages cultural growth through empathy and knowledge, and gives children their first experience with the thrill of writing creatively through tailored workshops and readings.

For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit

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