Local Arts Agency — These three words strung together cause confusion among the general public and within the arts industry.
What is a local arts agency? Even local arts agencies have asked this of me.
I receive inquiries from many discipline-specific organizations who are creating arts locally — aren’t they local arts agencies, they wonder.
Illinois neighborhoods, villages, cities, towns, and regions are coming together and forming what could be considered local arts agencies (LAAs). However, provided with a commonly accepted definition or description, often the leaders in these efforts are reluctant to jump into that ‘box.’
Yet more and more non-LAAs seem to find a connection to LAA issues and want to join our Local Arts Network.
If I have to spend so much time explaining what an LAA is, does that label still fit?
Does it have relevance and resonance? Who falls under that nomenclature today? Is it exclusionary? Is it too wide-ranging?
Do our definitions and parameters still make sense? Does the label mean anything? Read the rest of this entry »