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Background The Arts
American Arts Alliance
American Association of Museums
American Masters Database (PBS)
American Roots Music: The Roots of American Music (PBS)
Americans for the Arts
Atlantic Unbound - Arts & Literature (The Atlantic Monthly)
Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive
Federal Resources for Education: Arts
National Assembly of State Art Agencies
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (Library of Congress)
Pulitzer Prize
Smithsonian Jazz Portal

Original Documents
American Canvas (National Endowment for the Arts) CD
Archives of American Art (Smithsonian)
The Arts Today (IIP) CD
Bringing Art to All Americans (IIP) CD
From Celluloid to Cyberspace: The Media Arts and the Changing Arts World (RAND)
How the United States Fund the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts, Jan.2007)
National Endowment for the Arts, 1965-2008: A History
Performing Arts in America 1875-1923 (New York Public Library)
The Performing Arts in a New Era (RAND)
Portrait of America: Distinctively American Arts (USIA) CD
Portrait of America: Exporting Popular Culture (USIA) CD
The Return of Beauty (IIP)  CD

State Art Agencies 1965-2003: Whose Interests to Serve? (RAND)

All America's a Stage (National Endowment for the Arts, Dec.2008)
Arts Participation 2008 (National Endowment for the Arts, Jun.2009)
Arts, Recreation and Travel (Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009)
Reading on the Rise (National Endowment for the Arts, Jan.2009)

Exhibits - Digital Images
American Art - Historical Periods (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Creative Americans Portraits by Carl van Vechten (American Memory, Library of Congress)
Harlem 1900-40 (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)
Multiplex: Directions in Art 1970 to Now (Museum of Moder Art)
A New Deal for the Arts (National Archives)
Smithsonian Art Museum - Director's Choice

American Canvas

There is no central ministry of culture that sets national policy for the arts in the United States government, thus reflecting the conviction that there are important areas of national life where government should have little or no role. The two national endowments -- the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) -- provide grant support for individual artists and scholars and for arts and humanities institutions. While the NEA budget -- $115 million for fiscal year 2003 -- is quite modest when compared to other nations' public arts funding, private donations have always provided the major support for American culture. Private spending for the arts in the United States for the year 2002 has been calculated at roughly $12.1 billion. During its nearly four decades of existence, the NEA, whose goals are to encourage excellence and to bring art to all Americans, has used its funds as a spark for private beneficence.

The 20th century has been one in which artists in the United States have broken free from Old World antecedents, taking the various cultural disciplines in new directions with impressive, innovative results.

Music, film, theater, dance, architecture and other artistic expressions have been enhanced and transformed. A rejuvenation in music, new directions in modern dance, drama drawn from the U.S. heartland, independent filmmaking across the landscape, the globalization of the visual arts -- all of these are part of the contemporary scene in the United States.

What is at the root of all the ongoing creative ferment? Dana Gioia, the poet who currently is chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, identifies one likely source: "The reason that America has had this diversely distinguished history of art, this unprecedented breadth of achievement -- ranging from movies to abstract expressionism to jazz to modern literature -- is because America was and is a society that recognizes the individual freedom of its citizens."


For High School Students
Common Sense Media
CyberTeens - Creativity
Children's Music Web
Internet Public Library: Art
Kid Info: Arts
Kids Arts (
National Gallery of Art - Kids
See, Hear and Sing (Library of Congress)
Smithsonian Education for Students

Teacher Resources
Artsedge - Teaching Materials (Kennedy Center)
Arts Education (J. Paul Getty Trust)
Exploring Themes in American Art (National Gallery of Art)
Lesson Plans (Library of Congress)
PBS for Teachers - The Arts (PBS)

Smithsonian Education - Lesson Plans

Artsedge: Look, Listen, Learn
The Kennedy Center Multimedia Archive

Link Lists

About: Art
Artcyclopedia: Fine Art on the Internet

Art on the Web
Arts Journal
Artsedge: Weblinks
AskArt: Information on American Artists
The Glossarist: Arts & Culture Glossaries
Internet Public Library: Arts and Humanities
Museums Online
Suite 101: Arts, Music, Film/TV
World Wide Arts Resources: Online Exhibitions USA
Yahoo: Arts and Humanities Sites
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