It will surely be a useful endeavor to “unveil” state-level cultural policy – to reveal the many forms it takes, to understand its origination and encourage the transfer of useful ideas from state to state. But an inventory of state cultural policy may lead to a series of additional questions: Why does a particular policy look the way it does? What led it its inception at that time, as opposed to a decade earlier or later? Why was strategy “X” put in place in one state, while strategy “Y” evolved next door?
What is the current status of information on state-level arts policy, in particular? What data and resources are available, and what gaps are still apparent? In the process of exploring some answers to these questions, I hope to stimulate thinking about the development and coordination of data platforms that can foster informed state-level arts policy in the future.