NEA 50th Anniversary
NEA Celebrates 50 Years
On September 29, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, creating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To celebrate the agency’s 50th anniversary, we created this web section to highlight how the NEA has helped nurture the arts in the country and made it accessible to all Americans.
In 1970, the NEA created the Coordinated Programs to make available—through touring, exhibitions, and experimental projects—arts presentations that would not otherwise be available to residents of smaller communities and rural areas.