Sunset Report

Strategic Plan
2016-17 through 2021-22


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Division of the Arts

Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) is a program of the Office of Cultural Development, an agency within the Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism and the Office of the Lt. Governor.  LDOA is charged with the maintenance of our state's valuable artistic assets, and has served the state's arts community since its inception in 1977.

Through our history, one of the primary roles of the LDOA has been as grant maker. Financial resources are defined for strategic purposes that work towards advancing the field and providing a public benefit to the residents of our state. Our grants 'investment' also assists in workforce development, and supports the infrastructure of Louisiana's cultural industries. LDOA receives funds from the Louisiana State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Division of the Arts provides programs, services and support to the fields of arts-in-education, folklife, individual artists, and cultural organizations. We act as an information clearinghouse for arts and cultural activities, coordinate statewide convenings, work toward economic development and measure economic impact of arts and cultural activities. The Division of the Arts administers the Percent for Art program, manages the State Art Collection, and partners with state and regional entities through programs like our Decentralized Arts Fund (DAF).

View our current strategic plan (here)


Projected Per Capita Legislative Appropriations for 2017  

The National Association of State Arts Agencies recently released report offers a snapshot of state arts agency budgets in the year ahead. You can find the report here.

NEA Announces New Focus for Big Read program  


Available for community programming beginning in fall 2017, the book list will include 28 titles, 13 of which are new to the NEA Big Read. The authors hail from all across the country and represent a range of ages and ethnicities, with more than half of the books by female authors. The list also features a range of genres, including novels, short stories, memoirs, poetry, and books in translation. The full list of 28 titles is available here; more information on the books and authors is available at neabigread.org. Guidelines for applying for a 2017-18 NEA Big Read grant will be released in October 2016 and will be available at neabigread.org

State Arts Agencies Creating Equitable Access  
Every community benefits from the educational, economic, civic and cultural benefits that the arts provide. State arts agencies (SAAs) help communities—regardless of location or relative wealth—to realize these benefits by distributing their grants and services very broadly, reaching areas with diverse geographies, populations and income
characteristics. ( click here for report)

Public Art Walking Tour  

 The Office of Cultural Development/Division of the Arts is pleased to offer our new, downloadable Public Art Walking Tour and map of Capital Park and Downtown Baton Rouge.  This tour presents historic information and background on artists that have created public works of art and selections from the Louisiana Percent for Art program. Free, printed versions of these maps are offered in the lobby of Capitol Park Museum, one of the locations on the tour.                  

NEA United States of Arts - Louisiana  

Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. You can find the stories in text, audio, or video formats. To view the Louisiana video (click here).