2019 Profile of Local Arts Agencies

2019 Profile of Local Arts Agencies

Of the forty-five hundred local arts agencies across the United States — 70 percent of which are private nonprofits and 30 percent government agencies — 76 percent provide financial support directly to arts and cultural organizations and/or artists in the form of grants, contracts, start-up capital, loans or microloans, and/or commissions, fellowships, or scholarships, a report from Americans for the Arts finds. Based on a survey conducted between May and August 2019, the report, 2019 Profile of Local Arts Agencies (114 pages, PDF), found that FY2019 operating budgets increased on a year-over-year basis for 54 percent of respondents, remained the same for 10 percent, and declined for 36 percent. The survey also found that 76 percent of respondents provide arts education programs and/or services to the community, 62 percent manage at least one cultural facility, and 54 percent manage a public art program. In addition, 49 percent reported that their agency had adopted a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement — including a diversity policy for staff (40 percent), board/commission members (36 percent), and/or grantmaking/funding programs (34 percent) — and that 48 percent believed their agency had an appropriate level of staff diversity.

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