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Report Series: State Arts Agencies
Part 2 of 4

The Arts and State Governments

At Arm's Length or Arm in Arm?

State arts agencies seeking more state government support for the arts can consider strengthening relationships with elected officials and raising their public profile.
August 2006
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  • Author(s)
  • Julia F. Lowell and Elizabeth Heneghan Ondaatje
  • Publisher(s)
  • RAND Corporation
Page Count 68 pages


Through case studies in Maine and Montana, the RAND Corporation describes the successful efforts of “state arts agencies” to make the arts a higher priority for elected officials. This Wallace-commissioned report is the second in a series of four studies taking a “big picture” look at the agencies, which are key public funders of the arts.

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