Written by Nana Ama Owusu-Agyemang
Willimantic, Conn. ¬¬- Eastern Connecticut State University, in partnership with Quinebaug Valley Community College, will host Arnaldo Rivera and Friends during the Third Thursday Street Fest for a 90-minute concert and discussion on the influence of Latin music and its origins. The concert will take place on Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 729 Main Street.
At the conclusion of the concert, the band will give away a limited number of the book, "Sun, Stone and Shadows, 20 Great Mexican Short Stories." The title has been selected as one of 31 books included in the nationwide Big Read Project to stimulate an interest in reading.
The Big Read project, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), seeks to enhance literacy abilities by raising public awareness of reading. Eastern is one of only two organizations in Connecticut to have received a Big Read grant, and has joined 78 other not-for-profit institutions and organizations nationwide in an effort to restore reading to the center of American culture.
Eastern will kick off The Big Read project in Willimantic on Sept. 18 at 2 p. m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center at Eastern. Eastern President Elsa Núñez says that "reading is perhaps the most fundamental academic skill we can give young people, for without reading, you cannot work on any other academic subject."
For a complete listing of specific Big Read programs, visit: www.easternct.edu/universityrelations/bigRead.html.