About NEH on the Road
The stories of our lives link us together.
Sharing stories is one of the most important ways we can learn about who we are as Americans. NEH on the Road exhibitions get more stories to more people and open new worlds of learning for all who experience them. Designed for smaller venues, each NEH on the Road exhibition requires only 2,000 square feet of space — bringing the same high-quality information and objects,to every corner of the country, that the National Endowment for the Humanities supports in its large-scale exhibitions.
Each exhibition includes a compelling mix of artifacts, text, graphics, photographs, interactives, educational, and other community programming information. In addition, you can find activity ideas and suggestions from past and current exhibitors right here on our website.
Small to mid-sized museums, libraries, schools, and universities anywhere in the United States may host an NEH on the Road exhibition.
Scheduled throughout the year, NEH on the Road exhibitions are hosted for seven weeks at a time. Find the exhibit you are interested in hosting under Exhibition Details and follow the links to view the corresponding schedule.
The first step to bringing an NEH on the Road exhibition to your community is to download and fill out an application to the National Endowment for the Humanities. After NEH approval, exhibition dates are confirmed with those states yet to be served (Rhode Island and Vermont), then confirmed with new venues, and then with previous exhibitors according to availability. Each exhibition is available for the low hosting fee of $1,000. Host organizations are also responsible for one-way shipping costs, which are not to exceed a $1,000 expense to the host; shipping subsidy grants are also available.
Mid-America Arts Alliance developed NEH on the Road in 2003 in response to the demand by smaller museums and communities for high quality humanities programming that fit their spaces and budgets. Since its creation in 1965 through the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported excellence in museum exhibitions and is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States. In a cooperative agreement with the NEH, M-AAA manages all aspects of the exhibitions for touring, including design and rescripting of the exhibition, development of all educational programming materials, fabrication, booking, publicity, shipping, insurance, and objects maintenance.
Since 2005, NEH on the Road exhibits have traveled to venues across the United States.