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ERIC Number: ED503325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-4577-5
State Arts Policy: Trends and Future Prospects
Lowell, Julia F.
RAND Corporation
State arts agencies (SAAs)--key players within the U.S. system of public support for the arts--face growing economic, political, and demographic challenges to the roles and missions they adopted when founded in the mid-1960s. This report, the fourth and final in a multiyear study, looks at state arts agencies' efforts to rethink their roles and missions, reflecting on what the changes may mean for the direction of state arts policy. Drawing on readings, discussions, and analyses conducted for the study, the author concludes that if current trends and strategies continue, future state arts policy is likely to focus more on developing the creative economy, improving arts education, and encouraging a broader spectrum of state residents to participate in the arts. To achieve these goals, state arts agencies will likely become more involved in policy advocacy, coalition building, convening, and gathering and disseminating information than in grantmaking. The transition to this future poses some risks for the agencies and for the arts community, but it also offers the opportunity to more effectively promote the conditions in which the arts can thrive. The monograph includes 3 chapters: (1) Introduction (Background; Purpose and Research Approach; and This Report); (2) Three Strategies of Forward-Looking SAAs (Strategy 1: Expanded Mission: Strategy 2: Closer Ties Between SAA Leaders and State Elected Officials; and Strategy 3: Use of Tools Other Than Grantmaking); and (3) Conclusions (Strategic Management; and A Possible Future). Preface, Summary and Bibliography are also included. (Contains 41 footnotes, 3 figures and 1 table.) [For other reports in the series, see ED502643, ED503335 and ED503336.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: RAND Corporation
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