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


Acting Director Museums, Visual Arts, Visual Arts Specialist

Meg Brennan
Meg Brennan was appointed acting director of Museums and Visual Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts in February...


Emma Bartley
Assistant Grants Management 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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Director of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)


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 >>