State arts agencies increase public access to the arts and work to ensure that every community in America enjoys the cultural, civic, economic, and educational benefits of a thriving arts sector. State arts agencies:

  • Offer grants to artists, arts organizations and community organizations.
  • Train and provide technical assistance for artists and arts organizations.
  • Advance arts education through teacher training, curriculum development.
  • Conduct research on the impact of the arts.
  • Preserve and celebrate unique cultural heritage traditions in their state.
  • Recognize and promote artistic achievement.