Connecting in my community

Interested in exploring a deeper connection to the cultural life your community? There are many opportunities to get involved with organizations where you live. Americans for the Arts members promote, support, and develop the arts at the local level to strengthen the daily fabric of community living. Local Arts Agencies, Arts & Business Councils, Business Committees for the Arts, United Arts Funds, and others are on the ground creating stronger partnerships between arts organizations and businesses in communities across the country.

A local arts agency (LAA) promotes, supports, and develops the arts at the local level to strengthen the daily fabric of community living. Each LAA is as unique as the community it serves and they all share the goal of enabling diverse forms of arts and culture to thrive, ensuring that they are available to every member of that community.

Click here to find information on local arts resources where you live. Just enter a city and state!

Connecting to public officials

Arts and culture thrive in communities through a broad partnership of private and public partnership. Find out more about legislative current issues affecting arts and culture as there are many important and pressing matters beyond resources.

Visit the Policy and Advocacy and Arts Action Center at Americans for the Arts here to learn more about those issues that are important today.

Communicate your local indicator measures to your elected officials and let them know what matters to you most. Find direct links to communicate with your local media and elected officials here. Sign-up through the E-Advocacy Center to receive up-to-date communications that affect your community and national policy and take action today at


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Consumer arts spending steady at $150 billion!

Since 2002, consumer spending on the arts has remained in the $150 billion range, though as a share of all expenditures it has slipped from 1.88% in 2002 to 1.45% in 2010. Following four years of decreases, musical instrument sales rebounded, growing from $5.9 billion in 2009 to $6.3 billion in 2010.