Cover: State Arts Agencies 1965-2003

State Arts Agencies 1965-2003

Whose Interests to Serve?

Published Aug 15, 2004

by Julia F. Lowell

Download

Download eBook for Free

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.6 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Summary Only

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback58 pages $20.00

Three-quarters of all U.S. state and jurisdictional governments cut their arts budgets in fiscal year 2003, and more than one-half imposed further cuts in fiscal year 2004. In this first of a series of reports commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, the author argues that these state arts budget cuts reflect more than just a one-time response to fiscal crisis. That is, they reflect the political weakness of state arts agencies, a weakness stemming from the growing mismatch between the agencies' grant-making roles and structures and the cultural and political realities the agencies face. One promising solution may be for state arts agencies to shift their focus and funding from bolstering arts providers to serving people and communities. But before this shift can take place, some important conceptual as well as practical issues must be addressed.

The research in this report was produced within RAND Enterprise Analysis. The research was supported by a grant from The Wallace Foundation.

This report is part of the RAND monograph series. RAND monographs present major research findings that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors. All RAND monographs undergo rigorous peer review to ensure high standards for research quality and objectivity.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.