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.

Milestones

These videos look at 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.

Sundance Institute

Timeline

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Highlights from the history of the NEA.