The National Arts Policy Database is a tool that enables users to access current information on a multitude of topics related to arts policy. Records in the database are classified into four types: research abstracts, news articles, project profiles, and sample documents. The database is updated weekly and contains over 8,200 records—providing arts policy researchers, advocates, and administrators with comprehensive information on arts policy and practice.
Research abstracts comprise two-thirds of our NAPD. Journal articles, books, and theses address a range of arts policy and practice issues—arts education, cultural tourism, and international cultural diplomacy to name a few.
The NAPD contains news articles that capture arts news from national, state, and local sources. A public art controversy, the establishment of an arts district, and/or trends in local arts funding are common examples of the kinds of news articled included here.
Innovative programs and initiatives serve as models for arts organizations across the country. Whether you are looking for model partnerships between arts organizations and institutes of higher education, or artist residency programs in rural New England, the NAPD captures a range of project profiles that illustrate pioneer programming.
Sample documents found in the NAPD were provided to Americans for the Arts by our member organizations and reflect their business practices. You will need to adapt these documents to the laws of your jurisdiction and the needs of your organization. Please consider them as a starting point only.
Community Relations Policies
Articles of Incorporation
Arts Programs and Initiatives
Request for Proposals
Human Resources Documents
Board Member Selection
Staff Evaluation Forms