Dancers in tutus on stage standing on pointe.

Arts Endowment grantee Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of The Hard Nut, Morris’ reinvention of The Nutcracker. Photo by Peter DaSilva

 

Jazz musicians on stage playing various instruments.

The finale at the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert at SFJAZZ with newly minted Jazz Masters Stanley Clarke, Billy Hart, and Donald Harrison, Jr. The concert is available for free on-demand viewing on the NEA's YouTube channel. Photo by Scott Chernis

Musicians dressed in dark suits and caps walking through the street playing, with women holding colorful umbrellas cheering.

2022 NEA National Heritage Fellows Excelsior Band marching in the streets of Mobile, Alabama, in a still from the tribute film Roots of American Culture, available for free viewing on the NEA YouTube channel. Photo courtesy of Hypothetical Films

A woman in a puffy blue dress and another in a puffy white and light blue dress dancing in a vegetable field.

Vanessa Sanchez and Diana Aburto of La Mezcla performing Ghostly Labor that is rooted in the history and legacy of labor in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Read about Sanchez in the newest issue of American Artscape. Image from Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film, courtesy of Vanessa Sanchez y La Mezcla

A man and a woman on stage dressed identically in white shirt, colorful vest, and cap.

American Players Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night as part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative.  Photo by Zane Williams

Featured Stories

Podcast

Revisiting Renée Watson

Children and YA Author and Educator
Magazine Article

Across Borders and Generations

A Talk with Luthier and Activist Manuel Delgado

Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts awards grants to nonprofit organizations, creative writers and translators, state arts agencies, and regional arts organizations in support of arts projects across the country.
Go to the Grants section »

Impact

See the impact of the Arts Endowment on your state, and how the agency's work in research, accessibility, and other areas has had a major impact in the arts and culture of the country.
Go to the Impact section »

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

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.
Approximately 2,300 Grants

Recommended for grant awards annually in all 50 states, DC, and U.S. territories.

More than 60 Percent

Percentage of Arts Endowment grants that go to small and medium-sized organizations (budgets up to $2 million).

35 Percent

Percentage of Arts Endowment grants reach low-income audiences or underserved populations.

Some Facts from the National Endowment for the Arts

These facts are based on the most recent data (2020) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department. The ACPSA tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production from 35 industries, both commercial and nonprofit.
$876.7 billion

Amount the arts and cultural industries contribute to the U.S. economy.

4.2 Percent

Percentage of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product is accounted for by arts and cultural industries.

4.6 Million

Americans work in the arts and cultural industries on payroll.

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

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.
54 Cents

The Arts Endowment’s annual cost to each American.

0.003 Percent

The Arts Endowment’s percentage of the federal budget.

$5.6 Billion

Amount awarded by the Arts Endowment since its beginning in 1965.

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

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.
Around 41 Million Americans

Attend a live arts event supported by the Arts Endowment annually.

More than 36,000

Concerts, readings, and performances are supported annually.

More than 6,000

Exhibitions are supported annually as well.

Some Facts from the National Endowment for the Arts

These facts are based on the most recent data (2017) from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), a national survey conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau that has allowed cultural policymakers, arts managers, scholars, and journalists to obtain reliable statistics about American patterns of arts engagement.
North Dakota

The state's residents attend live performing arts events at a higher rate than U.S. adults as a whole—with 62 percent for North Dakota residents versus 48.5 percent of U.S. adults.

Montana

Outperforms the national rate of attending art exhibits, with 33.5 percent of this state’s residents doing this activity versus 23 percent of Americans overall.

Oregon and Washington

Their literary reading rates (upwards of 60 percent) far exceed the U.S. as a whole (44 percent).

Some Facts about the National Endowment for the Arts

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.
Approximately $8 million

Amount of funding of arts education projects annually.

74.7 Percent

Arts education projects (preK-12) that directly engage with underserved populations.

3 Times More Likely

8- to. 12-grade students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who received arts education to earn a bachelor's degree than those who did not.