Arizona Ranks Worst for Legislative Appropriations for the Arts
Historically, legislative appropriations have provided core support for Arizona art organizations, enhancing quality of life for residents and bolstering the vitality of Arizona’s creative economy. Once ranked 25th in arts appropriations per capita, Arizona is now last on this measure. In 2012, Arizona zeroed out legislative appropriations for the arts, down from $0.30 per capita in 2009 and $0.50 per capita in 2000.
We believe the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan's arts and culture section can improve our economic condition.”
Cultural vitality is a major component of quality of life and economic prosperity. Arizona’s myriad art and culture activities showcase the state’s diversity and uniqueness and help create a place that people want to visit or call home. However, developing and sustaining a distinctive cultural identity requires fiscal and community support.
In this section, you will find indicators that measure Arizona’s cultural opportunities and participation, economic productivity, funding, and civic engagement.