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.

National Initiatives

The NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on national initiatives. Below are featured initiatives.

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NEA Arts Magazine

Cover of NEA Arts No 1 2018
By Chairman Jane Chu There has not been a standard roadmap to follow when it comes to making a living in the arts. For women, it has been more difficult—for...


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2016 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellow


United States of Arts
People from across the country share their stories about how the arts are important to them.

Videos highlighting some of the important artists and organizations that the NEA has supported over the years, and the impact they have made on U.S. culture.

NEA Timeline
Highlights from the history of the NEA.