Meet the Regional Arts Organizations

By Samra Khawaja
A web graphic of buildings, local artists, and museums being interconnected to each other.

What do you know about our regional arts organizations (RAOs)? Maybe you already know they help facilitate some of our national initiatives like Poetry Out Loud or NEA Big Read?  Or maybe you already know they provide grants to support artists and art organizations. But did you know the RAOs also support a wide range of activities such as multi-city film screenings and the participation of U.S. performing artists in international festivals, just to name a few projects? As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we collaborated with the RAOs to highlight the impact they’re making on their unique communities through our “United States of Arts: Tell Us Your Art Story” film series. Check out these videos to find out how—coast to coast—the RAOs are making the arts accessible to more Americans and helping to transform communities nationwide.  

Arts Midwest 

Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 

New England Foundation for the Arts

South Arts 

Western States Arts Federation 

Click here to watch our state arts agencies videos.