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,
Lakita Edwards
Arts Education Specialist,
Everett Harley
Assistant Grants Management Specialist (Arts Education),

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.

State Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education
Tools to help states extract, analyze, and report on data about arts education.

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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Artistic Director of The Highwood Theatre


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,...
Over the course of five years, the NEA brought together teams from 29 states to collaborate on ways to strengthen states' arts education policies. The E ducation Leaders Institute Alumni...

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.