#GetLit at IAC Book Day this St. Patrick's Day

For: Irish Arts Center
New York, NY
Organizer: Irish Arts Center
of $15,000 goal
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Raised by 58 donors

The Story

Irish Arts Center and Liam Neeson invite you to raise your glass for the write reasons this St. Patrick's Day. Help us distribute 10,000 free books this St. Patrick's Day!

Leprechauns and Beer? Seriously?!

Several years ago one of the leading morning TV shows, with more than 4 million viewers, had a quiz about Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day. The first two questions were: What do Leprechauns do for a living? And secondly, how many pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s day? 

Seriously. Those are the two most important questions to ask when it comes to celebrating the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?!

Changing the Narrative

At Irish Arts Center we set out to help change that narrative. On St. Patrick’s Day the media are telling Irish stories and our children are listening and watching. How are we telling our story? What image are we projecting to the rest of the world on St. Patrick’s Day?With four Nobel Prizes in Literature, great songwriters, poets, dramatists, novelists, screen-writers, comedy writers and the gift of the gab… there is so much to celebrate about Ireland and the Irish.


For the past 7 years Irish Arts Center staff and volunteers have taken to the streets all across New York, in all five boroughs, to distribute more than 10,000 free books each year by Irish and Irish American authors to New Yorkers of all backgrounds. 

This year we are enlisting the help of some of our friends to raise awareness of this great project and to invite people to participate by tweeting out a picture of their favorite book, along with #GetLit, #IACBookDay, @irishartscenter, and encouraging people to get involved by underwriting a drop of drama, a pint of poetry, or a liter of limericks.

For the price of a St. Patrick’s Day beer, you can help us change the narrative. If you care about the image that is projected about Ireland and the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, make a donation. No donation is too small, and each and every gift will make a difference.

Your Donation

All proceeds go towards promoting Irish writers, artists, musicians and celebrating Irish creativity, innovation and arts all year long!

  • A Drop of Drama - $8 can sponsor 1 free book
  • A Nip of Novel - $40 can sponsor 5 free books
  • A Shot of Story - $80 can sponsor 10 free books
  • A Tumbler of Tales - $125 can sponsor 15 free books AND you will receive a year-long Individual Membership at IAC
  • A Flask of Fiction - $250 can sponsor 25 free books AND you will receive a year-long Friend Membership at IAC
  • A Pint of Poetry - $500 can sponsor 50 free books AND you will receive a year-long Patron Membership at IAC
  • A Chalice of Chapters - $1,000 can sponsor 100 free books AND you will receive a year-long Benefactor Membership at IAC

About Irish Arts Center

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.

Our multi-disciplinary programming of more than 200 events each year is centered around three core areas: performance - including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; visual arts - including presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and education - with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.

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