The NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on projects that provide opportunities for thousands of Americans to experience quality arts programming throughout the country.

Arts & Human Development Task Force

Beginning in 2011, the NEA has convened a Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development to encourage more and better research on how the arts can help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.


Creative Forces; NEA Military Healing Arts Network supports standardized creative arts therapies programs in 12 medical treatment facilities located throughout the country. These programs serve the unique and special needs of military patients who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions.


Established in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is a joint initiative of the NEA, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities to recognize outstanding community arts and humanities after-school programs for at-risk and underserved youth.

Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities/Shakespeare for a New Generation is a program to bring professional theater companies to middle and high schools throughout the country to perform Shakespeare’s plays and conduct educational activities.  The NEA presents the program in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership, a collaboration among the NEA, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Education Commission of the States as well as all AEP partner organizations, convenes forums to discuss topics in arts education, publishes research materials supporting the role of arts education in schools, and acts as a clearinghouse for arts education resource material.

Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking projects strategically link communities and local governments with artists, designers, and arts organizations to improve quality of life, create a sense of place, and revitalize local economies.

NEA Big Read

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.


If you are a high school student from one of these three pilot communities - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; and Seattle, Washington - the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students is your chance to showcase your songwriting talents.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states that offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Through cooperative initiatives with other funders, the National Endowment for the Arts brings the benefit of international exchange to arts organizations, artists, and audiences nationwide. NEA's international activities increase recognition of the excellence of U.S. arts around the world and broaden the scope of experience of American artists, thereby enriching the art they create.

Poetry Out Loud

A partnership of the NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, the Poetry Out Loud program encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems.

State & Regional

By supporting the state arts agencies (SAAs) and regional arts organizations (RAOs) through Partnership Agreements, the National Endowment for the Arts makes the arts available in more communities than it could through direct grants.