National Endowment for the Arts Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026 – Call for Public Input!

Deadline for comments: March 31, 2021

Every four years, each federal agency is required to establish a new strategic plan. The plan sets key priorities for the agency, and it presents management-focused objectives and strategies. It also describes potential risks and barriers that can impede performance. The plan is a blueprint for understanding, communicating, achieving, and monitoring the agency’s long-term goals.

Stakeholder consultation is a vital element of the planning process. The National Endowment for the Arts, in preparing its FY 2022-2026 strategic plan, aims to solicit ideas and insights from the general public, including arts organizations, artists, arts educators, state and local arts agencies, other arts funders and policy-makers, researchers, and individuals and groups outside the arts sector. For example, the Arts Endowment welcomes input from schools and other community-based organizations, colleges and universities, tribal communities, civil rights groups, government agencies, and businesses—including people from such diverse fields such as commerce, communications, health, science, and technology.

The Arts Endowment envisions two public-comment periods. The first is described below. The second will occur in the summer of 2021, after the agency has developed a draft strategic plan. At that time, the NEA again will post and widely distribute an opportunity for public comment. Final strategic plans for federal agencies will be published in February 2022.

For the first comment period, the Arts Endowment seeks public input that will guide development of its FY 2022-2026 strategic plan. (For reference, see the Arts Endowment’s FY 2018-2022 strategic plan. The agency’s current strategic framework is on page 4.)

In particular, the agency welcomes thoughts on the drafting of its strategic framework, which must include the following elements:

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Strategic goals and objectives

Stakeholders may wish to comment on how these elements should be viewed in light of new and emerging challenges and opportunities, among other contextual factors.

Examples of these factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The post-pandemic recovery of the arts sector
  • Changes in work-and-leisure patterns
  • The rise of virtual engagement in the arts
  • Growing integration of the arts with other sectors (e.g., health, science, education, technology, community development)
  • Greater public attention to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice

Please email your comments to We will accept comments through March 31, 2021.

Thank you for helping the National Endowment for the Arts more effectively serve everyone.