Hosting an Exhibition

Join us on the road! For more than 30 years, NEH has supported excellence in museum exhibitions. We invite you to experience this quality by hosting an NEH exhibition at your institution. It can become the centerpiece of dynamic programming, memorable school tours, and exciting public events.

Each exhibition is available for the extraordinary fee of $1,000 for a seven-week hosting period, plus one-way shipping. Each hosting site is responsible for $1,000 of the outgoing shipping cost. We’ll cover the rest.

Since 2013, on-site support is FREE to the opening venue for every new NEH on the Road exhibition, and to first-time hosting venues on a limited basis.

Want to know how to join us on the road? Here’s how:

How to Begin

After visiting our Exhibitions page, select the NEH on the Road exhibit you would like to bring to your community. Use the form on the exhibition’s page or e-mail/call Constituent Services at MoreArt (at) maaa.org or (816) 421-1388, ext. 208, to confirm that the date is still available and request that a complimentary 30-day hold be placed on the desired slot.

Because NEH on the Road is a federally funded program, all slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For our exhibitions, priority is given to new venues, particularly those in Hawaii and Vermont.

Please be mindful of returning required paperwork promptly. Please also note that each exhibit requires approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Each exhibit has support pages that lists content, space requirements, tour schedule and availability.

What’s Next?

After placing a hold the desired dates, institutions must complete an NEH application developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To apply, simply download the application and complete and return it to MoreArt (at) maaa.org. If your institution has never previously rented an exhibition from NEH on the Road or ExhibitsUSA, you will also have to complete and submit a facility report for approval. We ask that you submit both completed documents at the same time.

Remember, all applications are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to availability. Once the NEH has approved your application, Mid-America Arts Alliance will notify you by phone or e-mail. If you have problems uploading the application, or have questions about the exhibitions or the application process, please contact us.

Rental Fees and Outgoing Shipping Costs

Each NEH on the Road exhibition is available for $1,000 for a seven-week hosting period, plus $1,000 of the outgoing shipping cost to the next hosting site. Your total out-of-pocket cost is $2,000. And we’ll make it even easier for you. Each host venue works with our registrars to finalize the shipping schedule, but we make all the arrangements. Both the rental and shipping fee are due in full by the first day the exhibition hosting period begins. The $1,000 exhibition fee applies to all venues across the United States, including the states in the M-AAA region (Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).

Programming Grants

NEH on the Road strongly encourages venues to engage their audiences with humanities programs that extend the impact of the exhibition in their home communities. To help with this goal, venues awarded an NEH exhibition will also be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 programming grant directly from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please note: Your completed application for NEH on the Road also serves as the application for this grant. When you are filling out this section of the application, make sure to think carefully about how your institution would use the $1,000 if awarded to you. Along with programming activities, the use of a humanities scholar is required as part of the program. Once your application has been approved, we will notify you by phone or email. An NEH program officer will then contact you directly regarding further instructions about the programming grant. All other questions or concerns should be directed to us.

And finally…

When your exhibition hosting period is completed, you are required to submit a final evaluation form. (You’ll also receive the form with your booking materials). This tool gives you the opportunity to tell us about your experience hosting an NEH on the Road exhibition and how it impacted your visitors. It also serves as the final report for NEH on the Road as well as the NEH programming grant.