Woman in flowing white dress dancing against side of cliff.

National Endowment for the Arts grantee BANDALOOP’s film Crossing. Photo by Braden Mayfield

Colorful mural on side of building facing a parking lot.

How to Turn Anything into Something Else (2012) by the Miss Rockaway Armada on 207 North Broad Street, part of the Mural Arts Philadelphia program, supported by the Arts Endowment. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia

Two women in wheelchairs dancing on stage.

Regional arts organization New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project supported the first touring production of Descent by the art ensemble Kinetic Light. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

A group of women on stage holding up signs in favor of women's suffrage.

StageOne Family Theatre’s production of Lawbreakers!, one of the grants awarded by the Arts Endowment in celebration of the women’s suffrage centennial. Photo courtesy of StageOne Family Theatre

Teenage girl on stage reciting poetry

Minnesota's state champion Isabella Callery became the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Photo by James Kegley

Trombonist walking through aisle of performing arts center.

A member of the Treme Brass Band during the finale of the 2006 National Heritage Fellowship Concert. Photo by Tom Pich

Man playing vibes and man playing piano on stage.

NEA Jazz Masters Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Barron performing at the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

African-American women holding video camera.

The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture’s Arts2Work, an Arts Endowment grantee, is the first federally registered national apprenticeship program in media arts and creative technologies. Photo by Wide Angle Youth Media, with Sakinah Bowman

Two students playing violin and cello on stage.

Students from the Levine School of Music at the Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) in the Anacostia neighborhood of DC, which is supported by the Arts Endowment. Photo by Victor Holt

Illustration of a woman in classical garb walking across US map to bring women's suffrage to East Coast.

Henry Mayer’s The Awakening, featured in the Arts Endowment’s publication, Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage.

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Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
40 Percent

Percentage of Arts Endowment funding is awarded directly to the states through their state and regional agencies, reaching millions more people in thousands of communities.

$9

Amount leveraged by private and other public funds for every $1 of direct Arts Endowment funding.

$500 Million

Direct grant-matching support for Arts Endowment projects each year.

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
Approximately 2,400 Grants

Recommended for grant awards annually.

42 Percent

Percentage of Arts Endowment grants take place in high-poverty neighborhoods.

35 Percent

Percentage of Arts Endowment grants reach low-income audiences of underserved populations.

Some Facts from the National Endowment for the Arts

These facts are based on the most recent data (2017) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department. The ACPSA tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production from 35 industries, both commercial and nonprofit.
$877.8 Billion

Amount the arts and cultural industries contribute to the U.S. economy.

4.5 Percent

Percentage of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product is accounted for by arts and cultural industries.

5 Million

Americans work in the arts and cultural industries.

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
48 Cents

The Arts Endowment’s annual cost to each American.

0.003 Percent

The Arts Endowment’s percentage of the federal budget.

$5.5 Billion

Amount awarded by the Arts Endowment since its beginning in 1965.

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
Around 45 Million Americans

Attend a live arts event supported by the Arts Endowment annually.

More than 40,000

Concerts, readings, and performances are supported annually.

More than 6,000

Exhibitions are supported annually as well.

Some Facts from the National Endowment for the Arts

These facts are based on the most recent data (2017) from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), a national survey conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau that has allowed cultural policymakers, arts managers, scholars, and journalists to obtain reliable statistics about American patterns of arts engagement.
North Dakota

The state's residents attend live performing arts events at a higher rate than U.S. adults as a whole—with 62 percent for North Dakota residents versus 48.5 percent of U.S. adults.

Montana

Outperforms the national rate of attending art exhibits, with 33.5 percent of this state’s residents doing this activity versus 23 percent of Americans overall.

Oregon and Washington

Their literary reading rates (upwards of 60 percent) far exceed the U.S. as a whole (44 percent).