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 Fact Sheet


Director of Design Programs

Jason Schupbach
Jason Schupbach became director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts in May 2010. In this position, he...


Katherine Bray-Simons
Design Specialist,
Katryna Carter
Consultant/Senior Associate,
Jen Hughes
Community Solutions 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.


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President and CEO of Arts Quest

Lifetime Honors

Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government and is awarded by the President of the United States.


A white paper based on the "Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place" convening which was held by the National Endowment for the Arts with support from ArtPlace America...
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...

Our Town


Our Town is the NEA's primary creative placemaking grants program, and invests in projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core.