The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art kicks off two months of family programs, special events, book discussions, film screenings and more, starting on Saturday, April 13. The classic Western novel,\u00a0True Grit\u00a0by Charles Portis, will be the subject of this Indianapolis community experience, which is a community-wide reading initiative designed to connect people through the joy of sharing a book. The Eiteljorg Museum is one of 75 organizations nationwide to receive a 2019 NEA Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through the NEA Big Read program, a community is encouraged to read the same noteworthy novel by a living author and participate in events related to it. The celebration begins on April 13 with the fun, family-oriented\u00a0Big Read\u00a0True Grit\u00a0Kickoff event at 1 p.m. Families can expect to enjoy chuck wagon grub, meet and learn about Cameo the horse and her cowboy Paul, hear stories of real western heroes such as Nat Love and Stagecoach Mary, play western games, get creative with hands-on art activities, and don\u2019t forget to snag a pic with John Wayne. Other events for families include: \t\u00a0May 9, 6 p.m.:\u00a0True Grits cooking class\u00a0with Duos Indy.\u00a0Register at Eiteljorg.org. \tMay 11, 11 a.m.:\u00a0Words and Other Wild Things\u00a0featuring Brick Street Poetry and\u00a0Snakes Alive!\u00a0with live creatures from the Joseph Moore Museum of Earlham College. \tJune 1, 11 a.m.:\u00a0Juneteenth Community Celebration\u00a0with free admission. \tJune 5, 6 p.m:\u00a0Western swing music\u00a0with the Sawyer Family Band, a free concert as part of the Summer Under the Sails Music Series \tJune 12, 6 p.m.:\u00a0Poetry reading\u00a0with North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode and Brick Street Poetry. For complete details on events and book discussions around Indianapolis, visit\u00a0www.eiteljorg.org\/BigRead.