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.
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.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership 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 military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
NEA Jazz Masters Live grants support performance and educational activities featuring NEA Jazz Masters, recipients of the nation's highest honor in jazz. The NEA presents NEA Jazz Masters Live in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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.
The Arts Education Partnership, a collaboration among the NEA, the U.S. Department of Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 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.
Through partnerships on the local, state, and federal levels, the Arts Endowment brings the best in civic design to communities of every scale.
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 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.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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.
The NEA and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have formed the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership to explore how creative arts therapy and arts engagement programs can improve health and well-being in military healthcare settings.