The National Endowment for the Arts recognizes design's ever-present impact on society by funding activities that encourage, preserve, and disseminate the best in American and global design.

Design & Creative Placemaking Fact Sheet | Design & Creative Placemaking Newsletter


Design and Creative Placemaking Director

Jen Hughes
Jen Hughes was appointed director of Design and Creative Placemaking for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in April...


Katherine Bray-Simons
Our Town Specialist,
Courtney Spearman
Design Specialist,

Recent Grants

Recent Grants

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

National Initiatives

Mayors' Institute on City Design
MICD convenes mayors and design experts to solve the most critical planning and design challenges facing their cities.

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design
CIRD offers funding to communities with populations of 50,000 or less to host community design workshops.

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President and CEO of Arts Quest


Designing Equity
A convening to address the role that design can play in building more equitable and just communities.

Industrial Design
In the past decade, industrial design has been recognized as a means to significantly increase a company’s value by adapting industrial design methodologies to a wide range of business problems through a process called design thinking.


How to Do Creative Placemaking is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking...
This report stemmed from a research collaboration with the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It analyzes data from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey to quantify relationships...