Arts Midwest presents and sponsors performances and exhibitions seen by more than half a million people annually throughout the Midwest and around the world.

Current Programs & Activities

  • ArtsLab, through a proven peer-learning environment, engages arts leaders at around deep learning, building the resilience and relevance of cultural organizations and strengthening the place of arts and culture within Midwestern communities.
  • The Arts Midwest Conference, bringing together performing artists, artist managers/agents, performing arts presenters, and service organizations engaged in connecting the performing arts to audiences across the Central United States.
  • Arts Midwest Touring Fund, supporting the inter-state touring of professional performing artists to communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
  • Arts Midwest World Fest, presenting international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities.
  • Creating Connection is a national communications and engagement effort focused on making arts, culture, and creative expression a more recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.
  • Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet, creating new pathways for Americans to experience the diverse artistic expressions and cultures of Muslim societies through performing and media-arts residencies.
  • NEA Big Read encourages communities to come together over the love of a good book.
  • Shakespeare in American Communities supports high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays and related educational activities for middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States.