This essay is a brief summary of the history of state arts councils (SAAs) of the United States. The overall finding is that the revision in the relative resources of the national and subnational levels of government for funding the arts requires a reconfiguration of policymaking roles and responsibilities.
The goal of this convening was to plan a large-scale study of state funding of the arts and humanities. No such study had been done for the past thirty years, despite state funding being the largest conduit of public funding for the arts and humanities.
The study, titled Mapping State Cultural Policy: The State of Washington, was published in 2003.
"The State Arts Agency Policy Environment" — Kelly Barsdate