The fiscal year 2022 findings are based on 382 survey responses that were collected from participating local arts agencies (LAAs) during February through May 2022.

Local Arts Agencies by the Numbers in 2022:

  • 44% of the local arts agencies (LAAs) responding to this survey report that their local government has used federal COVID-19 relief and/or recovery funds to provide direct funding to arts organizations/businesses or individual artists.

    • In more than half of those communities (52%), the LAA was responsible for distributing the federal COVID-19 relief/recovery dollars to the arts community.

    • Those LAAs reported that they distributed an average of $1.9 million dollars in COVID-19 funding (responses ranged from $3,000 to $21.8 million).

    • In addition to distributing federal dollars, LAAs also reported that they conducted their own fundraising efforts to support their arts community through the pandemic: “Though we did not receive any pass-through monies, we did help facilitate $1.6 million in emergency funding outside of our grants program,” reported one survey respondent.

  • 49% of the responding LAAs reported that they have used and/or re-distributed COVID-19 relief and recovery funding (from any source) specifically to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

  • The most prominent current operational challenges identified by LAAs include difficulty in predicting future scenarios (56%), survival of the arts and culture organizations in their community (49%), too many priorities/competing priorities in the current environment (48%), loss of income/revenue (47%), and the well-being of the artists in their community (also 47%).

Resources: 2022 Profile of Local Arts Agencies

Background Information about Local Arts Agencies: Infographics (Data from 2019)

Additional Local Arts Agency Resources