Connect with your state arts agency
America's communities need the arts. The arts foster vibrant communities and create productive places for people to live, work, play and raise their families.
America's economy needs the arts. The arts put people to work, produce tax revenue, stimulate business and retain a talented work force.
America's children need the arts. The arts ignite young imaginations and boost achievement in academic fundamentals.
America's democracy needs the arts. The arts support a strong democracy, engaging us in civic discourse and bridging divides among us.
America's spirit needs the arts. Intrinsic to the arts is the power to connect us, uplift us and help us perceive things in new ways.
America's well-being needs the arts. The arts foster physical, mental and emotional health.
America's heritage is embodied in the arts. The arts preserve our legacies and our roots, passing along our nation's unique character and traditions to future generations.
State arts agencies exemplify government by, for and of the people. Each state arts agency is governed by a council of citizen leaders that oversees its work. Broad public engagement is central to state arts agency planning, grant decisions and programs that respond to local needs.
State arts agencies are funded through appropriations from state legislatures. By law, state arts agencies also receive 40% of the federal grant dollars Congress provides to the National Endowment for the Arts.