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A woman blacksmith bending over her work strikes metal to anvil, generating splayed sparks.

Blacksmith at the Penland School of Crafts. Photo by Robin Dryer

NASAA maintains an ongoing commitment to providing practical tools, timely information and strategic technical assistance to cultural leaders at the state and regional levels. The resources included here are designed to help state arts agencies make informed policy decisions about the creative economy in their states.

  • Facts & Figures (NASAA) Statistics about the creative work force, creative places, cultural tourism, and investment and participation
  • State Arts Agency Initiatives Links to statewide plans, policies, grant programs, cultural districts, convenings, cultural tourism, toolkits and more
  • Creative Economy Research Links to state, regional and national research
  • States and the Creative Economy (NASAA) Policy rationales for creative economy initiatives, success factors and the roles state arts agencies can play

Cultural Districts

Cultural Tourism Resources

Links to data, resources and information about state arts agency programs and initiatives that illustrate how cultural tourism is an important way to celebrate, preserve and promote a state's unique heritage; increase opportunities for artists; promote public arts participation; and boost economic development.

National Governors Association Issue Briefs

The National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices, with research assistance from NASAA and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, has produced a series of reports and issue briefs that document the value of the arts in public policy.

To share information and resources about the arts and economic development with NASAA, please contact Ryan Stubbs.

NASAA's mission is to strengthen state arts agencies.
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