Arts Education

Arts Education

The National Endowment for the Arts' arts education program is focused on pre-K to 12th-grade students, the educators and civic leaders who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them.

Arts Education Fact Sheet | NEA & Arts Education Infographic


Arts Education Director

Ayanna Hudson
Ayanna N. Hudson is the director of Arts Education for the National Endowment for the Arts., where she presides over...


Denise Brandenburg
Arts Education Specialist,
Nancy Daugherty
Arts Education Specialist,
Garrick Davis
Program Manager,
Lakita Edwards
Arts Education Specialist,

Recent Grants

Recent Grants

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.

National Initiatives

Arts Education Partnership
Dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research, policy and practice.

Poetry Out Loud
High school students memorize and perform great poems.

Shakespeare in American Communities
Professional theater companies perform Shakespeare’s plays and conduct educational activities at middle and high schools throughout the country.

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Headshot of Akua Kouyate-Tate
Senior Director of Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


The 2018 NEA Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for...
In partnership with the NEA, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) published a literature review on arts-based programs and art therapies for at-risk,...

Collective Impact

The NEA’s Arts Education Strategic Plan is grounded in collective impact. Learn more about this concept and the plan here. We invite you to share collective impact stories about your community, including successes and challenges at

See a list of NEA Arts Education collective impact grants.