United States of Arts

Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. You can find the stories in text, audio, or video formats.

Click on any state or territory on the map to see a story from that location, or choose a state from the dropdown.

Or, if you have an arts experience that influenced your life, share your story!

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