Thank you

We Love the NEA and NEH

A Message from the Director
UPDATE: March 16, 2017
Today, with news that the federal administration is calling for the elimination of the NEA, NEH and other similar agencies, we're joining the chorus of voices from all over the country expressing our opposition to these cuts, and invite you to do the same. 

Here are ways you can get involved: 

The California Arts Council has also created a helpful resource center with tips on how to effectively respond. 

When government invests in art and culture — as it does through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities — it pays back in dividends. Not only in concrete ways, like jobs and tourism dollars, but in ways that are difficult to fully quantify, ways that are perhaps more important: an enlightened and creative public, a better understanding of our fellow human beings, and a world that can be more nurturing for children — and inspiring for those who care for them.    

For many years, the NEA and NEH have underwritten dozens of transformational projects at the Asian Art Museum. All of them have helped us offer deeply meaningful experiences to you, the public, experiences that spark connections across cultures and time, igniting curiosity, conversation and creativity. We thank the NEA and NEH (and you!) for investing in the museum—and similar institutions, large and small, all over the country. Our nation is stronger because of these investments.   

You can show your support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and arts organizations like the Asian Art Museum; the American Alliance of Museums has information about how you can help. In times like these, your support for the national endowments and your financial support of our museum and other arts institutions is needed more than ever. Please consider becoming a member of the Asian Art Museum. You’ll get free access to countless programs, and help underwrite our award-winning interpretive and educational programs now and for future generations.


Jay Xu, PhD
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Asian Art Museum