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By supporting the state arts agencies (SAAs) and regional arts organizations (RAOs) through
Partnership Agreements, the National Endowment for the Arts makes the arts available in more
communities than it could through direct grants. The Arts Endowment, SAAs, and RAOs work
toward the following common goals:
Access to Artistic Excellence: To foster and preserve
excellence in the arts and provide access to the arts for all Americans.
Learning in the Arts: To advance learning in the
arts for children and youth.
Partnerships for the Arts: To develop and maintain
partnerships that advance the mission of the National Endowment for
Partnership Agreement support is available in the following areas:
State Arts Agencies
Basic State Plan
Arts in Underserved Communities
Challenge America: Reaching Every Community
Regional Arts Organizations
Basic Regional Plan
NEA Regional Performing Arts Touring Program, a Challenge America:
Reaching Every Community Initiative
In addition, limited funds are available for national services that are
provided by membership organizations of state arts agencies and regional arts organizations.