The State Arts Action Network was formed on March 29, 2004, when Americans for the Arts announced that two previously independent national arts organizations, the State Arts Advocacy League of America and the National Community Arts Network, had ratified an agreement to become part of Americans for the Arts.

Shortly thereafter, in our strategic plan, Americans for the Arts identified the need for a statewide advocacy organization and a statewide service organization in every state. This goal is something that Americans for the Arts and SAAN continually work toward, involving other strategic partners and alliances. In 2009, for example, the members of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education joined the SAAN as affiliate members.

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News
Oct 30, 2019

Voting for Americans for the Arts' new advisory council members is open through November 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET. Voting is restricted to members of Americans for the Arts.

Oct 14, 2019

State law currently only requires high schools to provide art classes — one credit — though many local school districts have arts requirements for elementary and middle schools. A group of arts educators called the Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education is pushing for the bill, called the Arts Education Equity Act, ahead of next year’s legislative session. A similar version of the bill was proposed but never received a hearing this year.

Apr 29, 2019

As work continues in the field to find stronger ways to support and connect leaders of color in the sector, Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the recent addition of a Facebook group to augment the programming planned for the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network.