The State Arts Agency Policy Environment

April, 2001

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? Helpful answers to such questions may lie in understanding an individual state’s overall policy environment and how it has affected decisions about arts and culture.

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