Advocacy & Policy

LAAs can serve both as thought leaders and policy creators on a wide range of topics and issues.

THINK: Arts education, creative economy, economic development, community development, workforce development, cultural tourism, disaster preparedness and response, research, health, inter-cultural understanding and general quality of life.


LAAs can be responsible for the development and management of arts and cultural facilities and venues.

THINK: Live/work space, rehearsal and performance spaces, gallery space, hands-on art centers, or arts organization and creative entrepreneur incubators.

Funding & Financing

LAAs can provide direct investment in the arts and culture community through grants and other financial support programs for artists and arts and cultural organizations or groups.

THINK: Operating or project support grants, and technical assistance or capacity building grants, Non-competitive project/program sponsorships, fellowships, grants for professional development training or special project stipends, public and private matches for projects, crowdfunding initiatives, leveraging funds via bonds, facilitating collaboratives or micro-lending.

Partnerships & Planning

LAAs can play a key role in uniting and connecting with local partners to address community needs and make their  communities more healthy, vibrant and equitable

THINK: Working with public schools, the Convention and Visitor Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, cultural planning, health and human service providers, colleges and universities, disaster preparedness and response and a wide range of city and state government agencies.

Programs & Events

LAAs can be the organization responsible for providing free or broad public arts and cultural experiences and opportunities to their community.

THINK: After school arts education programs, public art, free concerts in the park, exhibitions, heritage and preservation efforts, festivals or special events.


LAAs can provide a portfolio of services to support the creative economy and arts and culture ecosystem.

THINK: Professional and creative workforce development workshops or classes incubation and fiscal sponsor services, marketing, administrative/back office services, box office, or discipline specific workshops and trainings.


LAAs can leverage their broader network and resources to drive public goodwill and communicate the importance and value of arts and culture in healthy, equitable and vibrant communities.

THINK: Community-wide marketing campaigns, Cultural tourism, civic engagement initiatives, arts and cultural event calendars, festivals, multi-sector programs, research, convenings/focus groups or media partnerships.