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, and includes  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) 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 Rhode Island 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 list content, space requirements, tour schedule and availability.

What’s Next?

After placing a hold on the desired dates, institutions must complete or update a facility report and then submit an NEH application developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our Constituent Services staff will send these materials to you after you place a hold on the dates that work best for you.

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

Each NEH on the Road exhibition is available for $1,000 for a seven-week hosting period, and includes the outgoing shipping cost to the next hosting site. Your total out-of-pocket cost is $1,000. 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. The rental fee is 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, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).


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. This is an important part of the exhibition.

Please note: Your completed application for NEH on the Road also serves as the application for this program. When you are filling out this section of the application, make sure to think carefully about how you will connect the content to your community. Once your application has been approved, we will notify you by phone or email. All 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 which will be emailed to you before your exhibition closes. 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 serves as the final report for NEH on the Road.