To support our military families, the NEA launched Blue Star Museums in 2010, a partnership between the NEA, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense that offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families at more than 2,000 museums nationwide.
As the NEA's main creative placemaking initiative, Our Town was founded in 2010 on the belief that the arts have a unique ability to create a distinct sense of place, jumpstart local economies, and increase creative activity.
In 2012, the NEA announced a landmark partnership with the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to develop an Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), the first federal effort to measure the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In 2013, the NEA expanded the Operation Homecoming initiative into Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, and took this program a step further by placing creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at clinical sites.
The NEA produced the publication, The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation, in 2014, in which 19 translators and advocates of translation illuminate the challenges of bringing new voices to American audiences.
To celebrate the agency's 50th anniversary, the NEA introduced a new initiative, Creativity Connects.
In 2016, the NEA received an auspicious honor: a Special Tony Award for its “unwavering commitment to paving the road” between Broadway and cities throughout the country.
In 2017, after a series of devastating hurricanes, the National Endowment for the Arts carried out a multipronged relief effort, awarding emergency funding for re-granting to the affected state arts agencies.
The NEA had its first National Council on the Arts meeting outside of Washington, DC in 27 years in 2018, holding it in West Virginia.
For its innovative outreach strategy to HBCUs, the National Endowment for the Arts received a Public Partnership Award in 2019, presented by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHI-HBCU) at its annual conference in Washington, DC.