|Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity|
Three reports recently released by state arts agencies promote benefits of the arts and showcase the powerful roles that state arts agencies can play in community development, economic development and health care. In addition to the information they contain, each publication offers a great model of how state arts agencies can share compelling public value stories. If your agency has a new case-making or research report, be sure to let NASAA know so that we can help to spread the word—contact Kelly Barsdate at the NASAA office.
Arts Build Communities Monograph
Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Arts Commission has published a new monograph, Arts Build Communities. The publication chronicles outcomes of 24 recent community projects that used the arts to address various civic issues, ranging from cleaning up ocean and beach debris to improving health care in rural hospitals and promoting regional tourism in the Columbia Gorge. Each project was supported by an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant from the Arts Commission. In 2011, ABC grant-supported projects attracted more than $620,000 in matching funds and in-kind support, a return of more than 5:1 on the Arts Commission's investment. The latest monograph—the most recent edition in a series of reports documenting the ABC program's achievements over time—brings the grantee stories to life through compelling photographs, personal testimony and impact statistics from each site. For more information on the ABC program or the latest monograph, contact Oregon Arts Commission Community Development Coordinator Brian Wagner.
Festivals' Contributions to the Economy
Maine Arts Commission
A new release from the Maine Arts Commission is Maine Performing Arts Festivals 2011: Economic Impact Study. The purpose of the research was to investigate the economic impact of Maine's performing arts festivals by gathering information about the spending habits of festival audiences. Results indicate that festival attendees spent nearly $45 million in conjunction with their event participation. This spending reaches far beyond the festival presenters, supporting numerous businesses in the hospitality, food, transportation and service sectors. In total, Maine performing arts festivals supported 650 jobs and generated $3.9 million in local and state tax revenues. This study is the latest addition to a suite of publications produced by the Maine Arts Commission that documents a variety of ways in which the arts contribute to the economic well-being of the state. Additional reports include People, Place and Prosperity and Maine Museums: An Economic Impact Study. To learn more, contact Darrell Bulmer.
The State of the Arts and Health Care
Montana Arts Council
This summer, the Montana Arts Council (MAC) published the results of a survey inventorying the state of the arts and health care in Montana. The project sought to explore perceptions and possible partnerships among the arts and medical communities across the state. To gain a 360-degree perspective on the issue, MAC surveyed direct medical care providers, health administrators, artists and arts organizations. Key opportunities highlighted by the survey included these findings:
- Eighty-six percent of medical providers and administrators believe the arts can reduce patient stress.
- Just more than 50% understand arts integration can help lower the need for pain and anxiety medication.
- Nearly half of providers indicated an interest in adding arts programs for patients, special populations and staff, and one-third supported adding ongoing multidisciplinary arts programming.
- Nearly 70% of arts organizations that responded to the MAC survey were eager to offer a program or event in the future that blends the arts, health care and healing.
MAC will use the survey results to determine where the state arts agency's technical and financial assistance might best be directed to facilitate stronger connections between the arts and healing and to reduce barriers to integrating the arts into medical care. Find out more from MAC's Kim Baraby Hurtle, 406-444-6639.