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National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506

TDD, 202-682-5496

CHAIRR. Jane Chu
Senior Deputy ChairmanMary Anne Carter

Chief Information OfficerVacant
Chief of StaffMike Griffin
Deputy Chairman, Management and BudgetVacant

Director, AccessibilityBeth Bienvenu
Director, Administrative ServicesKathy Daum
Director, Artist Communities and Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works / International Activities CoordinatorMichael Orlove
Director, Arts EducationAyanna N. Hudson
Director, BudgetJohn Sotelo
Director, Civil Rights and Equal Employment OpportunityMike Griffin
Director, DanceJennifer Kareliusson, Acting
Director, Design Programs / Visual Arts Division Team LeaderVacant
Director, FinanceHeidi Ren
Director, Folk and Traditional ArtsClifford Murphy
Director, Grants and ContractsNicki Jacobs
Director, Guidelines and Panel OperationsJillian L. Miller
Director, Human ResourcesCraig M. McCord, Sr.
Director, LiteratureAmy Stolls
Director, Local Arts Agencies and Challenge AmericaVacant
Director, Media ArtsJax Deluca
Director, Museums, Visual Arts, and IndemnityWendy Clark
Director, Music and OperaAnn Meier Baker
Director, Public AffairsJessamyn Sarmiento
Director, Research and AnalysisSunil Iyengar
Director, State and Regional PartnershipsLaura Scanlan
Director, Theater and Musical TheaterGreg Reiner

Federal Partnerships CoordinatorTony Tighe
General CounselIndia Pinkney
Inspector GeneralRonald Stith

The National Endowment for the Arts supports artistic excellence and promotes creativity and innovation to benefit individuals and communities.

Organizational Chart

Through its grants and programs, the Arts Endowment brings art to all 50 States and six U.S. jurisdictions, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. The Arts Endowment awards competitive matching grants to nonprofit organizations, to units of State or local government, and to federally recognized tribal communities or tribes for projects, programs, or activities in the fields of artist communities, arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. It also awards competitive, nonmatching individual fellowships in literature and honorary fellowships in jazz, folk and traditional arts, and opera. Forty percent of the Arts Endowment's grant funds go to the 56 State and jurisdictional arts agencies and their regional arts organizations in support of arts projects in thousands of communities nationwide.

Sources of Information


Job announcements are posted online.


Application forms and guidelines and listings of grants recently made to individuals and organizations are accessible online.


Podcasts feature actors, authors, composers, musicians, playwrights, poets, and other artists and professionals who support and strengthen the arts.


Publications, including annual reports and "NEA Arts" magazine, are available online.

For further information, contact the Public Affairs Office, National Endowment for the Arts, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506-0001. Phone, 202-682-5400. TDD, 202-682-5496.

National Endowment for the Humanities

400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506

800-634-1121 | Email:

CHAIRPeggy Plympton, Acting
Deputy ChairVacant

Assistant Chair, Partnership and Strategic InitiativesVacant
Assistant Chair, Planning and OperationsJeffrey Thomas
Assistant Chair, ProgramsAdam Wolfson

Chief Information OfficerBrett Bobley
Chief of StaffVacant
General CounselMichael McDonald
Inspector GeneralLaura M.H. Davis

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Organizational Chart

According to the agency's authorizing legislation, the term "humanities" includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

To increase understanding and appreciation of the humanities, the Endowment makes grants to individuals, as well as to groups and institutions: colleges, libraries, museums, nonprofit private groups, public television stations and agencies, schools, and universities.

Challenge Grants

The Office of Challenge Grants offers matching funds to help nonprofit institutions develop new sources of long-term support for educational, scholarly, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Digital Humanities

The Office of Digital Humanities supports projects that use digital technology or study how it affects education, preservation, public programming, and research in the humanities. | Email:

Education Programs

The Division of Education Programs strengthens sustained, thoughtful study of the humanities at all educational levels. It makes grants to educational institutions and gives fellowships to teachers and scholars.

Federal/State Partnership

Humanities committees in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin and Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa receive grants from the Endowment. These committees then make grants to humanities programs at the local level.

Preservation and Access

The Division of Preservation and Access supports creating, preserving, and increasing the availability of resources that are important for research, education, and public programming in the humanities.

Public Programs

The Division of Public Programs supports institutions and organizations that develop and present humanities programming for general audiences. Its activities center on the Endowment's mandate "to increase public understanding of the humanities."

Research Programs

The Division of Research Programs promotes original research in the humanities. It provides grants for significant research projects.

Sources of Information


The National Endowment for the Humanities posts job opportunities on USAJobs, the Federal Government's official source for Federal job listings and employment opportunity information.


Information on managing a grant, the application review process, and other topics is available on the "NEH Grants" Web page.


The Endowment's in-house, quarterly magazine "HUMANITIES" is available by subscription from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, P.O. Box 979050, St. Louis, MO 63197–9000. Phone, 202-512-1800. | Email: | Email:

For further information, contact the Office of Communications, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506. Phone, 202-606-8400 or 800-634-1121. TDD, 202-606-8282 or 866-372-2930.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services did not meet the publication deadline for submitting updated information of its activities, functions, and sources of information as required by the automatic disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1)(A)).

Institute of Museum and Library Services

955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024-2135

202-653-4657 | Email:

DIRECTORCrosby Kemper

Library ServicesCyndee Landrum
Museum ServicesPaula Gangopadhyay
Associate Deputy Director for Library ServicesAnthony Smith
Chief Administrator for Museum ServicesChristopher J. Reich

FinancialChris Catignani
InformationScott Carey
OperatingChris Catignani, Acting

Communications ManagerElizabeth Holtan
Director of Grants Policy and ManagementConnie Cox Bodner
General CounselNancy E. Weiss
Senior Evaluation Officer for Digital and Information StrategyMatthew Birnbaum

The Institute of Museum and Library Services helps libraries and museums enhance cultural and civic engagement, embrace innovation, and further lifelong learning.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was established within the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities by the Museum and Library Services Act of September 30, 1996 (110 Stat. 3009), which amended the Museum Services Act (20 U.S.C. 961 et seq.). The Institute combines the administration of Federal museum programs, which the Institute of Museum Services formerly managed, and Federal library programs, which the Department of Education formerly managed. The Institute's Director, whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate, is authorized to make grants to museums and libraries. The Director receives policy advice on museum and library programs from the National Museum and Library Services Board. Its 20 voting members are appointed by the President; its three nonvoting members include the Director, Deputy Director for Museum Services, and Deputy Director for Library Services.

The IMLS is the primary source of Federal support for the Nation's 35,000 museums and 123,000 libraries. Its grant making, policy development, and research help museums and libraries offer services that make people and their communities prosper. The IMLS awards grants to art, children's, general, history, natural history, science, and technology museums, as well as to aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, nature centers, planetariums, zoos, and historic houses. It also awards grants to academic, public, research, school, and special libraries. IMLS grants improve electronic sharing of information and expand public access to information and services.

African American History and Culture Museum Grants

The IMLS awards these grants at two funding levels to improve care of collections, develop professional management, and provide internship and fellowship opportunities.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

This program supports recruitment and education of library students, continuing education for those already working in the profession, and new programs and curricula.

Museum Assessment Program

The IMLS supports the cost of this program through a cooperative agreement with the American Alliance of Museums. The program helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer.

Museums for America

The IMLS awards grants at two funding levels to help museums expand their role as lifelong learning resources, increase the vital contributions they make to livable communities, and become better stewards of the Nation's collections.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

This is a project of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the IMLS and the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities. These awards acknowledge museums and libraries for their afterschool and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for young Americans.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

These grants help library and archive professionals address the challenges and needs of their fields. Projects supported by these grants stimulate research, develop new tools, and produce innovative alliances, models, practices, and services that broadly affect the library and archival fields.

National Leadership Grants for Museums

These grants help museum professionals address the challenges and needs of their field. Projects supported by these grants promote innovation and collaboration and typically produce results that broadly affect the museum field.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

This award acknowledges institutions for providing exceptional and meaningful public service in their communities.

Native American and Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

These grants to federally recognized tribes and organizations that represent and serve Native Hawaiians help sustain indigenous culture, heritage, and knowledge through improved museum services.

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants and the Education/Assessment Option

These noncompetitive grants to federally recognized tribes help them purchase library materials, acquire computers and provide Internet connectivity, and fund salaries. The Education/Assessment option is supplemental to the basic grants and also noncompetitive. It funds library staff participation in continuing education courses, training workshops, and conferences. It also allows libraries to hire a consultant for an onsite professional assessment.

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants

These grants to federally recognized tribes expand services for access to information, learning, and partnerships.

Native Hawaiian Library Services

This program supports grants that implement new library services or enhance existing ones.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

These grants promote exploration and expansion of the frontiers of archival and library practices and services.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

These grants promote exploration and expansion of the frontiers of museum practices and services.

State Program Grants

The Grants to States program is the largest Federal source of funding to support library services in the United States. The IMLS uses a population-based formula to distribute annual grants among the State Library Administrative Agencies—official agencies charged by law with the extension and development of library services. Each year, thousands of Grants to States projects promote the priorities and assist the purposes of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Sources of Information


The IMLS offers a unique opportunity to work with the Nation's libraries and museums at the national level and in coordination with State and local organizations. The IMLS posts employment and internship opportunities on its Web site.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

An online guide answers frequently asked FOIA-related questions.


Search tools are available online to search for available grants and awarded grants.


The IMLS posts news releases and project profiles online, as well as its "UpNext" blog and "Primary Source" monthly newsletter.

Open Government

The IMLS supports the Governmentwide initiative to promote openness in the work of Federal agencies. It posts datasets on and maintains a data catalog that makes IMLS data accessible to developers, researchers, and to the general public.


Publications are accessible in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the "Publications List" Web page.


A collection of IMLS videos is available online. | Email:

For further information, contact the Office of Communications and Government Affairs, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024. Phone, 202-653-4757.