The Local Arts Network provides a forum for members to discuss the successes and challenges that local arts agencies face across the nation. This network includes a listserv that provides a platform for questions to and from the field about tools, resources, and professional development that will help local arts agencies be more successful.

Members receive a bi-monthly e-newsletter with the latest news and trends in local arts development, are provided with important research on local issues, and have access to educational opportunities for both experienced and emerging local arts professionals through webinars, our Annual Convention, and special trainings and workshops.

Current professional groups in the Local Arts Network include:

  • Local Arts Agencies
  • Community Development Organizations
  • Grantmaking Organizations and Agencies
  • Local Arts Policymakers
  • Rural and Small Community Arts Organizations
  • State Arts Agencies Community Development Coordinators

To join the Local Arts Network listserv, you must be a member of Americans for the Arts. Memberships are available for both individuals and organizations!

Visit our ARTSblog, where stories on emergency preparedness, local arts policy, cultural districts, and more are frequently featured.

For more information on the Local Arts Network, please contact

2016 Annual Convention Livestream
Can't make it to Boston this year?
Boston, June 17-19, 2016

This year at our Annual Convention, we are live streamed all of our keynote presentations, multiple main convention sessions, as well as a select few preconference sessions.

You can watch any or all of these on our Americans for the Arts YouTube channel.