Local Arts Agencies

Local Arts Agencies

Across the United States, thousands of local arts agencies (LAAs) provide a wide range of programs and services to help support and enable arts and culture at the local level.  LAAs are intermediaries, serving artists and arts organizations, local residents, visitors and other partners. All strive to enhance the quality of life in their communities by working to increase public access to the arts. 

Local Arts Agencies Fact Sheet


Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships, and International Activities

Michael Orlove
Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships. In that capacity, Orlove provides...


Lara Holman Garritano
Grant Management Specialist (Locals/Challenge America), garritanol@arts.gov
Mary Sellers
Grants Management Specialist (Challenge America/Arts Engagement in American Communities), sellersm@arts.gov

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

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

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.


The 2019 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...
The devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatically exposed the vulnerability of the arts and cultural sector in emergency preparedness and emergency response. To strengthen the understanding and readiness of...


Marna Stalcup
Program Manager, The Right Brain Initiative