WHAT IS A LOCAL ARTS AGENCY?

The nation’s 4,500 Local Arts Agencies (LAAs) promote, support, and develop the arts at the local level ensuring a vital presence for the arts throughout America’s communities. LAAs are diverse in their makeup—they have many different names and embrace a spectrum of artistic disciplines. But each LAA, in its own way, works to sustain the health and vitality of the arts and artists locally, while also striving to make the arts accessible to all members of a community. Each LAA in America is unique to the community that it serves and each evolves within its community—no two LAAs are exactly alike in name, programming or even mission. The infographic below will help you learn more about LAAs so that you can identify the LAAs that serve your community. Click the image below to open a larger version that can be printed on tabloid size paper.

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