National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), established in Congress in 1965, is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States.

The Field

We want a world where artists are abundantly and holistically prosperous. And so, we’re making it happen. We’re building a community that connects, empowers, and elevates artists. Through expanding access, opportunities, resources, and new technologies, we’re facilitating prosperity for millions of artists across the country. We believe that artists have a right to lead resilient lives, and we are working to disrupt the scarcity mindset that has been prevalent for too long.