The US Regional Arts Organizations are six non-profit entities created to encourage development of the arts and to support arts programs on a regional basis. Funded by the NEA, these organizations, which include Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts, and Western States Arts Federation, provide technical assistance to their member state arts agencies, support and promote artists and arts organizations, and develop and manage arts initiatives on local, regional, national and international levels.

Featured Programs: International
Technology and commerce have made the globe a smaller place.  In 2009, the US Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) published Global Positioning for the Arts, a report encouraging reinvigoration of cultural exchange and diplomacy.

The following US RAO programs are providing new opportunities for international engagement:

Caravanserai:  A cultural engagement program in which five US communities will host a series of performing arts and film residency-tours, featuring art and artists of Pakistan.  Managed by Arts Midwest, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.  For more information, go to:   http://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/caravanserai

Center Stage:  A program to bring performing artists from Haiti, Indonesia and Pakistan to tour throughout the US in 2012.  Managed by the New England Foundation for the Arts, with support from the US Department of State.  For more information, go to: http://www.nefa.org/grants_services/center_stage

Additional RAO International Programs

Global Positioning for the Arts [PDF]




Arts Midwest 
mid-america arts alliance
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts
Southern Arts Federation
Western States Arts Federation
National Endowment for the Arts