August 9, 2012
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Executive Director's Column
Rural Arts Development
Announcements and Resources
NASAA News and Current Information
Legislative Update
Sequestration: Origins and Outcomes
State to State
Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity
Research on Demand
SAA Supplemental Funding Policy Brief Update
More Notes from NASAA
Help in Accessing NASAA Information
NASAA Resources

NASAA Member Directory

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State to State
Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity

This month's edition of State to State features recently completed strategic plans from four state arts agencies. Each of these plans is different, showing the agency's unique approach to planning and adapting its goals and objectives to address its legislative purpose, its current environment and the needs of its citizens.

Vermont Arts Council

Inspiring a Creative State (scroll down and expand the Strategic Plan item) emphasizes marketing, promotion of the arts and "helping constituents help themselves" in a constantly changing environment. Detailed appendices include the agency's planning logic model, a planning time line and other helpful process documents.

Massachusetts Cultural Council


This agency's 2013-2018 strategic plan focuses the work of the agency on four priority goals, then describes how the agency's programs and services advance each of those goals. Packaged in an easily readable summary format, the document includes fast facts about the benefits of the arts to Massachusetts.

Texas Commission on the Arts


Approved this June, Investing in a Creative Texas offers a comprehensive assessment of the agency's operating and financial context as a backdrop to articulating its goals, objectives and performance measures.

Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs


Approved last winter, Investing in Michigan's Reinvention identifies important opportunities to be pursued within the agency's current environment and makes a "back to the future" case for rebuilding the agency's resources.

NASAA offers a variety of tools and resources helpful to state arts agencies embarking on planning:

M NASAA member-only content. Log in with your e-mail address and password to access this file. For help with registration or login, see Registration and Login Help or contact Development and Membership Manager Dora Shick, 202-347-6352 x108.

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