The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting museum activity that reflects exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement, specifically through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and other museum work.

Museums Fact Sheet



Wendy Clark
Wendy Clark was appointed director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts in July...


Emma Bartley
Assistant Grants Management Specialist,
Meg Brennan
Visual Arts Specialist,
Toni Lindsay
Museums Specialist,
Patricia Loiko
Indemnity Administrator,
Tamika Shingler
Museums and Visual Arts Specialist,

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

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

National Initiatives

Blue Star Museums
Museums in all 50 states offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

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Curator, The Brandywine River Museum of Art


This booklet provides national statistics on visual and performing arts attendance and literary reading rates using the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and comparing the results with...
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...

Arts & Artifacts Indemnity Program

Provides indemnification against loss or damage for eligible art works, artifacts, and objects in domestic and international exhibitions.

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International Indemnity >>