Row of staff at a hearing.


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States.

NEA Chair

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson

Leadership & Staff

Complete staff listing, discipline/field directors, National Council on the Arts members.

What is the NEA?

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency that works to give people across America the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts


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.

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.

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.

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.