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.
American Masters, a PBS television series on outstanding American artists, begins broadcasting with NEA support in 1986. Over the years, the series has received numerous awards and has become the standard for documentary film profiles, accruing widespread critical and popular acclaim.