President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act on September 29, 1965. It created the National Endowment for the Humanities as an independent federal agency. The humanities, the current legislation declares, belong to all the people of the United States.
This idea resonates now more than ever.
NEH has awarded more than 64,000 grants since 1965, totaling $5.5 billion, and has leveraged in today’s dollars nearly $4.1 billion in private matching donations. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, museum exhibits, online resources, and exciting discoveries.