National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Government Agencies


“Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.”

Creative Aging Focus:

The National Endowment for the Arts has long been a supporter of creative aging. They were one of the sponsors of Gene Cohen’s research, which was published in 2006 (“Creativity and Aging”). In addition to sponsoring multiple studies, forums and conferences around the arts and aging, the NEA has also funded many programs and efforts to build the field.

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