National Dance Project-supported Axis Dance Company. Photo by Steve Disenhof, courtesy of NEFA.
Man holds up angel made of found materials to a group of audience member
Educational activites take place at Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in Camden, Alabama, in September 2021. Photo by Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center, courtesy of South Arts.
Students dance to the music of the Pine Travelers during a GIG Fund-supported event in Green Lake, WI. Photo by Ric Damm Photography, courtesy of Arts Midwest.
A group of five actors sit at a dining table onstage. Behind them, on a very large screen, a group of three people can be seen. Both groups are hosting a party and all of the cast members wear party hats.
Cast of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (New York, NY) and Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) perform Three Sisters with support from USArtists International at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Photo by The Pond Photography, courtesy of Mid Atlantic Arts.
Swimmers stand in circles in a pool at night
M-AAA Artistic Innovations grantee Forklift Danceworks of Austin, Texas, performs Givens Swims, a dance for a city pool and its people. Photo by Jonica Moore Photograph, courtesy of Forklift Danceworks and M-AAA.
Creativity Explored artist Vincent Jackson shows off one of his artworks to two women visiting the studio.
Creativity Explored artist Vincent Jackson shows off one of his artworks to two women visiting the studio. Photo by Evguenia Shtill, courtesy of WESTAF.

Increasing Access to Creativity for all Americans

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Young black woman wearing an ivory nightgown-like outfit pointing her toes on the ground while raising one arm and holding the other in first position on an illuminated stage Four actors on stage wearing bright red and white clothes performing Departera: the road to the afterlife. Two dancers hold their hands and foot up
In front of a large screen that says Artists 360 Full Circle stand twenty artists in two rows
There are two light-skinned people, with short brown hair and wearing medical masks, performing on a barnyard surrounded by yellow and green trees. One of them plays violin while the other walks on stilts behind them. On a stage, couples are celebrating and holding each other. In the background, someone plays an acoustic guitar with a smile on their face and one arm reaching up, and another person plays an accordion. A group of about ten medium-light skinned dancers are in a line on stage. They are all wearing matching outfits that are blue sleeveless shirts with a red and green stripe across, darker blue capri pants. Every other one of them staggered out to a side, with their heads facing down and their palms up. The first person in line is the focus and is staring directly at the camera.
A group of seven dancers in elaborate outfits and headdresses extend their hands and legs upwards. They dance on an illuminated red stage. Man playing violin in front of a gloomy blue background. Man suspended in the air in a harness with his arms outstretched. Two lights shine on his body.
Three Korean women in vibrant, updated traditional dress and hats, perform on stage in from of a bright purple and pink background. The women stand in a line close-up, and the artist in the center holds a microphone. An actor on a darkened stage reaches toward a rainbow swirl of smoke. They were a light-colored long sleeve top and knit cap. Shot from the back of the performance space, a group of four musicians stand on the stage in a row taking their final bow. They are surrounded by their instruments on a deep blue lit stage and framed with red curtains. The audience stands and claps.
Woman sits on a stage outdoors playing the banjo and singing. A man stand on a scaffold painting the head of an elaborate mural on a vibrant blue background.
Western States Arts Federation
Western States Arts Federation

WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) weaves technology, diverse thought leadership and innovation to energize, network, and fund public sector arts agencies and communities. We assist state arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts and arts education for all. Through innovative programming, advocacy, research, technology, and grantmaking, we encourage the creative advancement and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of customers and alliances.

Includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Guam.

Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout their region and beyond. Offering national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making, Mid-America is especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. Each year our programs, on average, reach one million people. We believe in more art for more people.

Includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest

Arts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, we grow, gather, and invest in creative organizations and communities throughout the Upper Midwest. Our portfolio of programs includes performing, visual, and literary arts and leadership development initiatives that provide opportunities for communities large and small to engage with creativity, art, and culture.

Includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Mid Atlantic Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts

Mid Atlantic Arts nurtures and funds the creation and presentation of diverse artistic expression and connects people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond. Mid Atlantic Arts was established in 1979 to promote and support multi-state arts programming. We distinguish ourselves through work in international cultural exchange, model programs in performing arts touring, knowledge and presence in the jazz field, and  support of folk and traditional arts.

 

Includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia

New England Foundation for the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. We accomplish this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. We serve as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundation.

Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

South Arts
South Arts

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture.  We believe that the arts elevate the region, increasing connectedness and inspiring meaningful change in the process. Past, present, and future, the arts of our region drive the country forward.

Includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

Diné artist Rylin Becenti covers the entire surface area of LOOM Indigenous Arts Gallery in downtown Gallup, NM in a black spray-painted design. Photo courtesy of gallupARTS and WESTAF.
New Work New England Rebecca Blunk Fund honoree Jin Hi Kim plays the electric komungo. Photo by Bleue Liverpool, courtesy of NEFA.

Representing six geographical regions of the United States.

About

The United States Regional Arts Organizations (US RAOs) strengthen and support arts, culture, and creativity in our individual regions as well as across the nation.

We serve the nation’s artists, arts and culture organizations, and creative communities with programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the field in which we work.

We partner with the National Endowment for the Arts, state arts agencies, individuals, and other public and private funders to develop and deliver programs, services, and products that advance arts and creativity.

A person speaks to a crowd and points to a land feature outdoors.
Jean-Pierre Mot talks about his work Pop-Up Remnants at the 4Ground Land Art Biennial Launch Party in 2022. Photo: Adam Nantz, courtesy of Arts Midwest.

In Fiscal Year 2021, the United States Regional Arts Organizations…

IN NUMBERS
Invested over
$28.3 Million
Through over
3,050 Grants
That reached
1,674 Communities
Across the United States and Jurisdictions
A dancer leaps into the air in front of a grey curtain.
National Dance Project-supported Adele Myers and Dancers. Photo of Cristina Moya Palacios by Maya Billig, courtesy of NEFA.

Explore Our National Grants, Opportunities, and Resources

Art from the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition, courtesy of South Arts.

Each Regional Arts Organization offers distinct grants, opportunities, and resources. Explore our opportunities database to learn more!

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