Whose Interests to Serve? State Arts Agencies, 1965-2003


State arts agencies throughout the United States now provide more than half of all public-sector funding for the arts and culture. In fiscal year 2000 alone, they sponsored over 2 million artists and almost 16,000 nonprofit arts organizations nationwide. Recognizing the importance of these agencies, The Wallace Foundation launched the State Arts Partnerships for Cultural Participation (START) initiative in 2001. START is designed to help state arts agencies develop new and more effective strategies for encouraging participation in the arts and culture in their states. As part of START, Wallace chose 13 state arts agencies to receive multiyear grants totaling $9.6 million to support programs, research, and outreach efforts on arts participation, including leadership training, pilot demonstration projects, and improved technical assistance.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Santa Monica, CA
Publication year:
  • 2004


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