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NASAA maintains authoritative data about state arts agency funding. We use these data to create detailed reports, rankings, policy briefs and visualizations that deepen knowledge about how governments fund state arts agencies.

State Arts Agency Revenues

NASAA surveys state arts agencies twice yearly for updated appropriations and revenue information, and maintains historical information back to the 1960s.

The following featured resources represent the most recently completed reports articulating state arts agency revenues.

Supplemental Appropriations for COVID-19

As states continue to address and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are recognizing the role arts and culture play in revitalization and are allocating additional funding to state arts agencies, arts and cultural organizations, and creative businesses and workers. These allocations—using both state general funds and American Rescue Plan Act dollars—often are appropriated through the state legislature or are created through executive action and distributed as grants. For inquiries on COVID-19 supplemental allocations for arts and culture, including examples of state arts agency requests for funding and grant programs, contact NASAA Research Associate Declan Wicks.

Dynamic Data

Dedicated Revenue Strategies

State legislatures use a mixture of strategies to provide public support for state arts agencies (SAAs), diversify their resources and accomplish specific policy goals. By far the largest state funding source for SAAs—currently and historically—is state general funds. However, state legislatures have enacted a variety of other funding mechanisms to provide public-sector support for their SAAs. These featured resources give a thorough overview of dedicated revenue strategies employed by state arts agencies.

Historical Data

The Public Funding Sourcebook provides information on each state arts agency’s legislative appropriation from 1970 to the present day. This Excel file contains state-by-state information on appropriations including and excluding line items, as well as documentation. Nonmembers may purchase the Sourcebook in the NASAA Shop.