In the past five years, the National Endowment for the Arts distributed $15,161,689 in federal funding, either directly or through state and regional partners, in Virginia.
In the most recent information (2021) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department, Virginia…
• Added 3.1 percent or $18.8 billion to the state economy from arts and cultural production
• Employed 112,723 workers in the arts and cultural industries, with workers earning wages and benefits totaling more than $9.6 billion
More than 53 percent of Virginia’s adults attended live music, theater, or dance performances, while nearly 27 percent attended art exhibits, according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to offering direct grants, the NEA supports national initiatives benefiting people across the country:
Blue Star Museums program provided free admission to thousands of active military personnel and their families at 122 participating museums in Virginia.
An average of more than 5,484 students from 124 high schools in Virginia participated in Poetry Out Loud annually.
The NEA Big Read program generated 425 community events focused on reading outstanding American literature and involving more than 29,406 adults and students in Virginia.
On this page, find information on the arts and culture for Virginia, and how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported the arts in communities throughout the state. Below are highlights of just some of Arts Endowment grantees and artists working in Virginia.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, established the Institute for Early Learning through the Arts in 1981 to bring professional artists to classrooms to work with children three to five years old in the disciplines of dance, drama, and music.
Ana Ines King drew from her childhood experience when she founded the Latin Ballet of Virginia in Richmond in 1997, a professional dance company whose performances are rooted in Latin American traditions.
The Creative Arts Therapy program at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital—a state-of-the-art hospital designed to be an instrument of healing, hope, discovery, and learning for service members and their families—was started in September 2013 through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Located in Hampton Roads Virginia and the Washington, DC area, the Armed Services Arts Partnership has reached close to 1,000 veterans, service members, and their families through over 200 workshops and classes.
In collaboration with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Virginia as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the agency's establishment.