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"I think it’s important to have a regional strata in the ecosystem of arts support and arts funding in the U.S. because each individual region is unique, just as every single state is unique." — Christian Gaines, Executive Director, Western States Arts Federation While working with film festivals...
"I’ve been entrusted to make the world a better place than what I found it—to make experiences and feelings of connectedness. To hopefully give individuals a sense of acceptance, a belief in themselves, and a belief in connectivity with other human beings. Collectively, we can achieve more together...
"This is how work gets done. People need to know each other. They need to connect. They need to have people that they can call and collaborate with." — Susie Surkamer, Executive Director, South Arts n the 1970s, Susie Surkamer had her first taste of how the arts can benefit communities when she...
"One of our core values is that we believe the freedom of cultural and creative expression is fundamental to humanity." — Todd Stein, President and CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance Middle America has too often existed as the middle child of American arts discourse, forgotten in broader discussions...
“Artists and arts and creativity are life-giving sources to communities, so they need to be supported and they need to be more visible.” — Cathy Edwards, Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts Having grown up with a father who worked in cultural affairs for the U.S. State...
For 14 years, Pam Breaux served as a culture, recreation, and tourism leadership team member within Louisiana’s state government, including an appointment as the executive director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She was connected to the agency during what she described as the state arts...
"Altogether, this collaborative system has helped shape a nation where every American—in every state, in every region, across the entire nation—can celebrate and benefit from the arts." — National Endowment for the Arts Chair Mary Anne Carter (from intro to new issue ) We've freshened up the name...
You may already know that the National Endowment for the Arts supports the 50 state arts agencies, but did you know the agency also supports the work of the arts agencies in U.S. jurisdictions, such as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, but also the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa? Like...
Woman standing in the middle of a crowd singing on a college campus.

The National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program has tremendous impact throughout the country. But chances are, if you’re not a regional arts organization or a presenting organization in a rural or underserved community, you have never heard of it. Well, sit back, have a listen, and...

Nine student finalists representing high schools from Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Vermont will battle it out tonight to see who will claim the title of 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award! Watch the competition tonight...

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