Row of staff at a hearing.


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

Leadership & Staff

Chairman's bio, complete staff listing, discipline/field directors, National Council on the Arts members.


All National Endowment for the Arts press releases.



Agency publications, free to the public, that highlight successful projects and programs.

National Endowment for the Arts on COVID-19

As this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty continues, our support for the arts across the nation will not waiver. Visit here for COVID-19 resources and updates.

Facts & Figures

A look at the impact of the National Endowment for the Arts on American culture. Telling our story with fact sheets, videos, graphics.

Upcoming Events

Information on public meetings, convenings, deadlines.

NEA Office of Inspector General

The OIG investigates reports of waste, fraud, and mismanagement involving federal funds. As an agent of positive change, the OIG strives to promote improvements in our agency's management and program operations and in our own offices.

Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity (OCREEO) is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of all aspects of two civil rights programs.

Open Government

The information we are providing on this page is intended to help make the agency's work more transparent to the public, while also making possible the public's participation in the work of the Arts Endowment.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Guide

An overview of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was established in 1966 for the purpose of allowing private citizens greater access to government information. FOIA sets standards for determining which records must be disclosed and which records may be withheld.

National Endowment for the Arts Appropriations History

Congressional appropriations 1966-present

Make a Donation Online

You can donate to the National Endowment for the Arts through the secure portal using either PayPal, a major credit card, or electronic check (ACH) by filling in this form and entering your payment information. This information will be used only to process your donation.

Telling our Story

Podcasts, videos, blog posts, and magazine articles highlight rich diversity of artists and organization we've supported and featured.