The Issue - Arts Grants targeted with $2 Million cut (41%) in executive
The Fall-Out - If this comes to pass, Louisiana's greatest 'natural
resource' - art & culture - will be crippled.
Call To Action - Speak up now! If you value the quality of cultural life in
our communities and want your children to grow up in a rich environment, you
must take a stand now. Click here to email your legislator and speak up for arts and culture in your area.
Louisiana Arts Data
Decentralized Arts Funding Grant By Parish Data
Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy Brochure
Historic State Funding Levels
FACT 1: Mission Statement
The arts are an
essential and unique part of life in Louisiana to which each citizen has a
right. The Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana
State Arts Council is the catalyst for participation, education, development
and promotion of excellence in the arts. It is the responsibility of the
Division to support established arts institutions, nurture both emerging arts
organizations and our overall cultural economy, assist individual artists,
encourage the expansion of audiences and stimulate public participation in the
arts in Louisiana.
State General Fund Dollars
374,460 Federal Funds
214 State Arts Grants Awarded
$2,998,122* 456 DAF Grants in 64
Total Grant Dollars
Grants - are
grant funding opportunities open to Louisiana citizens and organizations.
Eligible organizations are nonprofits domiciled in Louisiana with 501 (c) 3
status that have an independent board of directors and an organizational
mission to provide cultural programming to the public, and provide educational
outreach for children and/or adults. Other organizations also eligible, include
public or private educational institutions, public or private universities, and
agencies of local, parish, or state governments. Opportunities for
individual artists include artist fellowships and artist career advancement.
Decentralized Arts Funding - The
Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program (DAF), initiated in 1995, makes the
arts available in every parish in the State of Louisiana by providing grant
funding for artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and local
government agencies. Funding is allocated to each parish on a per capita basis
utilizing U.S. census figures. It is based on population, not on any additional
grants and services the Arts impacted over 7.7 million people
State Arts Grants impacted over 4.8
DAF Grants impacted 2.9 million
assisted in generating over $104 million dollars in project/organizational expenses
Grants generated over $79 million dollars
generated over $25 million dollars
Grants had an average $28 return on every $1 invested
had an average $10
return on every $1
invested - no match required
supported 6,400 artist's residencies
supported 6,258 performances
artist's over $6 million
supported through arts grants = 24,046
Grants supported 14,347 artists and arts administrators both full and part time
supported 9,699 artists and arts administrators both full and part time
committed over $500,000 to the arts-in-education initiative for Louisiana in
last completed fiscal year (2008-2009).
Center trained over 60 teaching artists across the state
received $762,700 in federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts
National and Regional Partners
advocacy, financial support, and program support to the Division along with
regional and local arts presenters and producers.
Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
for the Arts
Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) oversees the Decentralized Arts Funding
(DAF) program, disbursing funds to each of nine Regional Development Agencies
(RDA's), which in turn re-grant those dollars to parishes in their region.
Council of New Orleans
Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Regional Arts Council
Center for the Arts
Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana
Council of Central Louisiana
Regional Arts Council
Louisiana Arts Council
Three year State Funding Levels - a vanishing!
FACT 10: EVEN INCLUDING FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS, ARTS FUNDING IN LOUISIANA
HAS ERODED BY 60% OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. WE MUST STOP THIS TREND NOW!