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The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting
excellence in the arts--both new and established--bringing the arts
to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established
by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government,
the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts,
bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner
cities, and military bases.