State Arts Agency Creative Economy Initiatives

Here is a list of arts agency creative economy initiatives in the United States. This information is from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Their mission is to strengthen state arts agencies.

Statewide Plans

Arkansas, 2009

Colorado, 2011

Louisiana, 2005

Maine, 2006

Michigan, 2005

Mississippi, 2011

North Carolina, 2012

Vermont, 2004


Connecticut’s Recommended Policies for Creative Placemaking

Colorado Creative Industries Legislation

Louisiana Cultural Economy Initiatives and Legislation

Massachusetts Creative Economy Council

Oregon Culture, Heritage, Art, Movies and Preservation Reinvestment

State Arts Agency Grant Programs

Colorado: Jumpstart Awards

Connecticut: Arts Catalyze Placemaking

Kansas: Creative Arts Industry Incentives

Kansas: Creative Economy Project Support Program

Maine: Creative Communities = Economic Development Grants

Massachusetts: Adams Arts Program

New Mexico: Arts Enterprise Partnerships

Ohio: Creative Economy Project Grants

Oregon: Cultural Tourism Grants

Artist Entrepreneurship Programs


New Hampshire

South Carolina

Cultural Districts

Arkansas: Cultural Districts Legislation

Colorado: Creative District Certification

Indiana: Statewide Cultural District Program

Iowa: Cultural and Entertainment Districts

Kentucky: Cultural District Certification

Louisiana: Cultural Districts

Maryland: Arts and Entertainment Districts

Massachusetts: Cultural Districts Initiative

New Mexico: Arts and Cultural Districts

Rhode Island: Tax-Free Arts Districts

Texas: Cultural Districts

West Virginia: Certified Arts Communities

State Cultural Districts Strategy Sampler (NASAA) Key issues of implementing and managing state level cultural district programs

State Cultural Districts Policy Brief (NASAA) Trends, common goals and challenges, success factors, and the roles state arts agencies can play

Craft Marketing Programs

Alaska Silver Hand

Georgia Made Georgia Grown

Handmade in America

Indiana Artisan

Kentucky Crafted

Made in Montana

Texas Original

Cultural Tourism Initiatives

See NASAA’s Cultural Tourism Resources page

Recurring Convenings

Colorado: Creative Industries Summit

Louisiana: World Cultural Economic Forum

Maine: Juice


Maine: Creative Economy Community Handbook

Texas: Cultural Tourism Toolkit

Vermont: Cultural Heritage Toolkit

Other Special Initiatives

Iowa: Great Places

Maine: Creative Economy Initiative

Massachusetts: ArtsLink

Massachusetts: Creative Placemaking

Massachusetts: Hire Culture

New Hampshire: Creative Communities Network

North Carolina: SmART Cities / SmART Towns

For more information, refer to NASAA’s issue brief on State Arts Agency Creative Economy Roles, the National Governor’s Association Report Arts and the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development, or contact Kelly Barsdate.

State Arts Agency Creative Economy Initiatives

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