New 'START' Initiative Supports State Arts Funders to Promote Participation in the Arts

Thirteen State Arts Agencies to Receive Multi-year Implementation Grants



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds

    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds have announced the creation of a State Arts
 Partnerships for Cultural Participation (START) initiative to help state arts
 agencies adopt new, more effective guidelines, programs and funding practices
 aimed at encouraging broader public participation in the arts.
     Thirteen state arts agencies (SAAs) will receive multi-year grants
 totaling $9.6 million to support effective programs, research and outreach
 efforts on arts participation, including leadership training, pilot projects
 and improved technical assistance.  Selected SAAs are from Arizona,
 California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi,
 Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington.
     "State arts agencies are the unheralded supporters of the arts," stated M.
 Christine DeVita, president of the Funds.  "Our START initiative will not only
 shed light on how important SAAs are to the cultural life of our country, but
 will showcase thirteen exemplary agencies, which have shown dedicated
 leadership in connecting people to the arts. SAAs have the access and, now
 with our support, the means to work more effectively as innovative advocates,
 catalysts and sponsors of the arts within their states, from their urban
 centers to their most sparsely populated rural corners."
     Bill Ivey, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, "This
 unprecedented foundation support of state arts agencies is an exemplary
 public-private partnership, one that complements the well-established model
 linking federal arts funding with the states. While private funding cannot
 replace public support, this important Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund initiative
 provides vital resources for helping public agencies become more effective in
 broadening community participation in the arts."
     With a combined support of the arts exceeding $450 million, state arts
 agencies serve more than 25,000 arts organizations of various size and
 artistic mission in all U.S. states and territories.  As SAAs come under
 increased legislative and public pressure to broaden public participation in
 the arts, they are likewise compelled to develop innovative approaches to
 successfully meet the needs of all their constituents.  The Funds' extensive
 research, and experience of working with hundreds of arts groups across the
 country, can provide practical solutions for states that are seeking to
 provide greater participation in the arts.
 
     The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds seek to create opportunities for people
 to enrich themselves through better schools, enhanced community activities and
 participation in the arts.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds have announced the creation of a State Arts
 Partnerships for Cultural Participation (START) initiative to help state arts
 agencies adopt new, more effective guidelines, programs and funding practices
 aimed at encouraging broader public participation in the arts.
     Thirteen state arts agencies (SAAs) will receive multi-year grants
 totaling $9.6 million to support effective programs, research and outreach
 efforts on arts participation, including leadership training, pilot projects
 and improved technical assistance.  Selected SAAs are from Arizona,
 California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi,
 Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington.
     "State arts agencies are the unheralded supporters of the arts," stated M.
 Christine DeVita, president of the Funds.  "Our START initiative will not only
 shed light on how important SAAs are to the cultural life of our country, but
 will showcase thirteen exemplary agencies, which have shown dedicated
 leadership in connecting people to the arts. SAAs have the access and, now
 with our support, the means to work more effectively as innovative advocates,
 catalysts and sponsors of the arts within their states, from their urban
 centers to their most sparsely populated rural corners."
     Bill Ivey, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, "This
 unprecedented foundation support of state arts agencies is an exemplary
 public-private partnership, one that complements the well-established model
 linking federal arts funding with the states. While private funding cannot
 replace public support, this important Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund initiative
 provides vital resources for helping public agencies become more effective in
 broadening community participation in the arts."
     With a combined support of the arts exceeding $450 million, state arts
 agencies serve more than 25,000 arts organizations of various size and
 artistic mission in all U.S. states and territories.  As SAAs come under
 increased legislative and public pressure to broaden public participation in
 the arts, they are likewise compelled to develop innovative approaches to
 successfully meet the needs of all their constituents.  The Funds' extensive
 research, and experience of working with hundreds of arts groups across the
 country, can provide practical solutions for states that are seeking to
 provide greater participation in the arts.
 
     The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds seek to create opportunities for people
 to enrich themselves through better schools, enhanced community activities and
 participation in the arts.
 
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