The Wisconsin Book Festival was awarded its first-ever grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on May 15.

The $10,000 grant, part of the organization’s Art Works II category, will support the festival’s efforts to host award-winning author programming.

The festival aims to attract a diverse field of authors, poets and spoken word artists to lead free, year-round events throughout Madison. Art Works is NEA’s Arts Endowment’s largest category, with projects supported in 13 artistic disciplines and fields that range from arts education to visual arts.

NEA is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more at