The Social Media Presence of All 56 State Arts Agencies

You don’t need an advanced degree to know that I’m looking for full-time employment with an arts/arts advocacy agency.

Have been for quite some time.

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So, I decided to spend some time on this rainy Gotham day surveying the social-media presence of the 56 members of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. You may call it curiosity for the not-quite-idle: which state arts agencies are using 21st century communication tools as the century’s second decade begins?

To create the survey, I established first a few ground rules.

  1. It doesn’t include scores of regional and local arts councils nationwide. That may be reserved for a later post if, say, it snows for four straight days and the Statue of Liberty starts shivering.
  2. As the two biggest social media outlets are Facebook and Twitter, I limited the survey to the agency’s presence there — how many “Friends,” “Fans,” “Followers” — then anything significant, like a blog, strategic plan or YouTube channel. All agencies have websites; URLs are included.
  3. Results are current as of Sun., Dec. 12, 2010. Agencies with no Facebook page or Twitter presence (Florida?) may soon dive in, given that they’re free.
  4. Please correct me if you find errors. This was a lot of link pasting and I watched Family Guy.
  5. I’ll happily update this if people think it’s valuable.

The results are sometimes surprising. The Wyoming Arts Council has 667 Twitter followers; the Utah Division of Arts and Museums has 865. Pennsylvania has neither a Facebook fan page nor a Twitter feed, but Arkansas has over 2,000 fans on Facebook and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities has twice that many.

NASAA’s member directory can be found here.

Alabama State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.arts.state.al.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Alabama-State-Council-on-the-Arts/87332923501
Facebook “Friends”: 349
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Oct. 20
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The top of the webpage has a link to a form in order to report “stimulus misuse.”

Alaska State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update:
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The agency’s Creative Vitality Index measures effectiveness.

American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities
Website: http://www.prel.org/programs/pcahe/PTG/terr-asamoa1.html
Facebook: N/A
Latest Facebook Update:
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update:
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet:
Notes: Part of the Pacific Arts Councils Network, also not on Facebook or Twitter.

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Arizona Commission on the Arts
Website: http://www.azarts.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/azartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 3,350
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @AzArtsComm
Twitter Followers: 184
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 3
Notes: “Imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.”

Arkansas Arts Council
buWebsite: http://www.arkansasarts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArkansasArtsCouncil
Facebook “Friends”: 2,092
Latest Facebook Update: Mon., Dec. 6
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: 11 people listed as staff.

California Arts Council
Website: http://www.cac.ca.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/californiaartscouncil
Facebook “Friends”: 3,319
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @CalArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 956
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: Agency pushes license plates and donations of state income tax refunds to stay alive.

Colorado Creative Industries
Website: http://www.coloarts.state.co.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoCreatives
Facebook “Friends”: 758
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @CO_Creatives
Twitter Followers: 2,714
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: “…combines the former Colorado Council on the Arts, the Office of Film, Television and Media and the Art in Public Places Program.”

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism: Arts Division
Website: http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/cwp/view.asp?a=2076&q=302208&CCTNAV_GID=1605
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CTCommissionOnCultureTourism
Facebook “Friends”: 468
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: $2.3 million in grants announced on Dec. 6.

Delaware Division of the Arts
Website: http://www.artsdel.org/default.shtml
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Delaware-Division-of-the-Arts/111886268834472?ref=ts
Facebook “Friends”: 176
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Created in 1989.

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Website: http://dcarts.dc.gov/DC/DCARTS/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheDCArts
Facebook “Friends”: 4,070
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @TheDCArts
Twitter Followers: 2,741
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: There is also a dedicated YouTube channel.

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Website: http://www.florida-arts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Division-of-Cultural-Affairs/31574928078
Facebook “Friends”: 664
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., Dec. 9
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: According to a tweet last May by @ArtsAction (The Arts Action Alliance of Broward), the agency has been cut 92% since 2007.

Georgia Council for the Arts
Website: http://gaarts.org/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Georgia Council on the Arts nearly perished earlier this year.

Guam Council on the Arts & Humanities Agency
Website: http://www.guamcaha.org/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Guam Humanities Council, a separate entity, does have a Facebook page here. There’s also a fascinating table of budgetary expenses and expenditures here.

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Website: http://hawaii.gov/sfca/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Read the foundation’s strategic plan, going through 2013, here.

Idaho Commission on the Arts
Website: http://www.arts.idaho.gov/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: 10 people on staff.

Illinois Arts Council
Website: http://www.arts.illinois.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/illinoisartscouncil
Facebook “Friends”: 1,521
Latest Facebook Update: Tue., Dec. 7
Twitter: @ILArts
Twitter Followers: 18
Latest Tweet: Fri., Oct. 8
Notes: There is a brilliant visualization of Illinois arts-impact here.

Indiana Arts Commission
Website: http://www.in.gov/arts/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 828
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: A very content-rich website with the clear approval-or at least presence-of Gov. Mitch Daniels. And also a dedicated YouTube channel.

Iowa Arts Council
Website: http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/
Facebook: “Live the Arts in Iowa” campaign: http://www.facebook.com/LiveTheArtsInIowa
Facebook “Friends”: 1,706
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @IowaArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 166
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: From the website: “The vision of the Iowa Arts Council is that Iowans recognize the arts are essential to their quality of life.”

Kansas Arts Commission
Website: http://arts.ks.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kansasartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 1,363
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: @KSArts
Twitter Followers: 89
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: One of the cleanest and easiest to navigate of all the state arts agency websites.

Kentucky Arts Council
Website: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kentucky-Arts-Council/128427690512542
Facebook “Friends”: 1,354
Latest Facebook Update: Sat., Dec. 11
Twitter: @KYArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 201
Latest Tweet: Sat., Dec. 11
Notes: Tweets are by Ed Lawrence, the Council’s Communications Director

Louisiana Division of the Arts
Website: http://www.crt.state.la.us/ARTS/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Louisiana State Arts Council is a volunteer organization (23 individuals listed) whose members are appointed by the governor.

Maine Arts Commission
Website: http://mainearts.maine.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mainearts and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maine-Arts-Commission/203070465152
Facebook “Friends”: 375 and 1,338
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: @MaineArts
Twitter Followers: 346
Latest Tweet: Wed., Dec. 1
Notes: The Commission maintains a blog here and the outgoing First Lady of Maine apparently takes a great interest in the arts in the state.

Maryland State Arts Council
Website: http://www.msac.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marylandarts
Facebook “Friends”: 407
Latest Facebook Update: Thu., Dec. 9
Twitter: @MarylandArts
Twitter Followers: 540
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: Current strategic plan through 2013 is here.

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Website: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Massachusetts-Cultural-Council/38150507216
Facebook “Friends”: 1,107
Latest Facebook Update: Thu., Dec. 9
Twitter: @MassCultural
Twitter Followers: 1,429
Latest Tweet: Thu., Dec. 9
Notes: Puts advocacy in a prominent place on its website. One of the few state arts agencies to have more people following on Twitter than Facebook.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Website: http://www.themedc.org/Arts/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Council-for-Arts-and-Cultural-Affairs/100543793342382
Facebook “Friends”: 86
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Arts Serve Michigan does have a Twitter presence @ArtsServeMi

Minnesota State Arts Board
Website: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Paul-MN/Minnesota-State-Arts-Board/102257819830782
Facebook “Friends”: 52
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Minnesota’s outgoing governor, Tim Pawlenty, wanted to defund the board and make it a private nonprofit. Meanwhile, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts lobbies the state legislature.

Mississippi Arts Commission
Website: http://www.arts.state.ms.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jackson-MS/Mississippi-Arts-Commission/40356507113
Facebook “Friends”: 1,223
Latest Facebook Update: Tue., Dec. 7
Twitter: @MSArts
Twitter Followers: 428
Latest Tweet: Mon., Dec. 6
Notes: Created in 1968. There is even The Mississippi Arts Hour, a podcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Missouri Arts Council
Website: https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Arts-Council/107917465927965
Facebook “Friends”: 16
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: There is a dedicated tab on the MAC’s webpage explaining “Why Art Matters.”

Montana Arts Council
Website: http://art.mt.gov/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Blueprint through 2013 is located here.

Nebraska Arts Council
Website: http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Arts-Council/17508954521
Facebook “Friends”: 854
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: See notes.
Twitter Followers: See notes.
Latest Tweet: See notes.
Notes: The Council’s new director, Marjorie Maas, tweets at @marjorie_m_m.

Nevada Arts Council
Website: http://nac.nevadaculture.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nevada-Arts-Council/73958835926
Facebook “Friends”: 1,108
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: This article in the Las Vegas Sun crystallizes how devastated the Nevada Arts Council has been by the disastrous economy in the state.

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.nh.gov/nharts/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Hampshire-State-Council-on-the-Arts/282108585036
Facebook “Friends”: 618
Latest Facebook Update: Thu., Dec. 9
Twitter: @NHCulture
Twitter Followers: 45
Latest Tweet: Wed., Dec. 8
Notes: The New Hampshire Arts Journal is a print magazine, also available online.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.njartscouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Jersey-State-Council-on-the-Arts/108418145848619
Facebook “Friends”: 12
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The New Jersey Cultural Trust is also critical to Garden State efforts.

New Mexico Arts
Website: http://www.nmarts.org
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is here and its Facebook page (I am the only fan) is here.

New York State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.nysca.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/NewYorkStateCouncilontheArts
Facebook “Friends”: 1,316
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Dec. 8
Twitter: @NYSCArts
Twitter Followers: 407
Latest Tweet: Wed., Dec. 8
Notes: All NYSCA public meetings can be viewed via webcast.

North Carolina Arts Council
Website: http://www.ncarts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ncarts
Facebook “Friends”: 969
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., Dec. 9
Twitter: @NCArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 215
Latest Tweet: Thurs., Dec. 9
Notes: The strategic plan through 2013 is here. There are also about a million local arts councils in the state.

North Dakota Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.nd.gov/arts/index.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-North-Dakota-Council-on-the-Arts/305810424320
Facebook “Friends”: 319
Latest Facebook Update: Tue., Dec. 7
Twitter: @NDArts
Twitter Followers: 50
Latest Tweet: Mon., Dec. 6
Notes: Each month, the work of a North Dakota artist is featured in the office of the Governor and First Lady, a project partly administered by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Northern Marianas Islands: Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture
Website: http://www.prel.org/programs/pcahe/PTG/terr-commwth1.html
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Part of the Pacific Arts Councils Network, also not on Facebook or Twitter.

Ohio Arts Council
Website: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Arts-Council/99979582598
Facebook “Friends”: 2,821
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @OhioArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 6
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: Take pART is the Council’s ongoing to effort to learn of, and publish, how art has affected people’s lives.

Oklahoma Arts Council
Website: http://www.arts.ok.gov/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: @OKArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 960
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: From the website: “…the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program has developed a statewide network of community arts leaders and advocates to advance the arts in Oklahoma.”

Oregon Arts Commission
Website: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Arts-Commission/133003686737955
Facebook “Friends”: 16
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Commission just elected a new Chair and Co-Chair.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.pacouncilonthearts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvania-Council-on-the-Arts/112651298760888
Facebook “Friends”: 3
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Save the Arts in PA is on Twitter and could have more a dynamic social-media presence.

Puerto Rico: Institute of Puerto Rican Culture
Website: http://www.icp.gobierno.pr/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Todo in Español, naturalmente.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.arts.ri.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8924264660
Facebook “Friends”: 627
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Council’s blog is here. Its dedicated YouTube channel is here.

South Carolina Arts Commission
Website: http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 2,131
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: @SCArtsComm
Twitter Followers: 1,251
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 10
Notes: A long-range plan for the arts in South Carolina goes through 2020.

South Dakota Arts Council
Website: http://www.artscouncil.sd.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000358530088
Facebook “Friends”: 660
Latest Facebook Update: Dec. 28 (courtesy of one of the comments, below)
Twitter: @SouthDakotaArts
Twitter Followers: 169
Latest Tweet: Tue., Nov. 30
Notes: The Council’s twitter feed is administered by Rebecca DallaGrana, its assistant director.

Tennessee Arts Commission
Website: http://www.arts.state.tn.us/
Facebook: N/A
Facebook “Friends”: N/A
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: @TN4theArts advocates on Twitter on behalf of the arts in Tennessee. It currently has 43 followers, but the feed is new and expected to grow. Tennesseans for the Arts has a very active page on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/tn4arts, with 2,837 fans.

The CFR additionally received the following from Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, who gave permission to republish:

Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) is a nonprofit chartered in the State of Tennessee and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. It is a membership organization that serves as our statewide arts group providing for a governmental relations consultant (lobbyist) to represent the TAC and the arts community with elected officials in Tennessee. TFTA regularly partners with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) in implementing the work of the agency through public awareness of the arts and/or projects that advocate for the arts on all levels.

Ellen Hays, current Chair of TAC, was an early advocate of social media as a valuable and efficient tool in promoting and marketing arts and Tennessee artists. Her strong leadership coupled with considerable knowledge in the use of social media serves as a natural bridge between the two organizations. She regularly posts current issues of interest to the field for discussion including current activities of the Commission. I view this as a valuable contribution to the agency by allowing staff to do other work.

Texas Commission on the Arts
Website: http://www.arts.state.tx.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Texas-Commission-on-the-Arts/41551890876
Facebook “Friends”: 1,611
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Oct. 27
Twitter: @TXCommArts
Twitter Followers: 419
Latest Tweet: Wed., Oct. 27
Notes: A rather lean staff for a Herculean job.

Utah Division of Arts and Museums
Website: http://arts.utah.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Alice.Merrill.Horne#!/pages/Utah-Division-of-Arts-and-Museums/115771011768234
Facebook “Friends”: 149
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: @ArtsandMuseums
Twitter Followers: 865
Latest Tweet: Sat., Dec. 4
Notes: From the Facebook page: “The Utah Arts Council was established in 1899 as the Utah Art Institute through the passage of the ‘Art Bill’ legislation drafted by Alice Merrill Horne (an artist, art patron and the first woman elected to the Utah State House of Representatives) and fellow artist George Ottinger.” And who knew the Poet Laureate of Utah is traveling to Antarctica?

Vermont Arts Council
Website: http://www.vermontartscouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vermont-Arts-Council/68308165824
Facebook “Friends”: 972
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 3
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: There is a dedicated YouTube channel here. And the executive director’s blog is here.

Virginia Commission for the Arts
Website: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Commission-for-the-Arts/30458487563
Facebook “Friends”: 2,274
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Nov. 10
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Seven-person staff doing the work of hundreds.

Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.vicouncilonarts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virgin-Islands-Council-on-the-Arts/335748489035
Facebook “Friends”: 13
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Nine-member board of directors.

Washington State Arts Commission
Website: http://www.arts.wa.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WashingtonArts
Facebook “Friends”: 191
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Dec. 10
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Currently, in partnership with the Wallace Foundation, “undertaking an innovative, four-year arts funding partnership designed to develop the skills and expertise of leaders of arts organizations to build arts participation.”

West Virginia Commission on the Arts
Website: http://www.wvculture.org/arts/artsindex.aspx
Facebook: See notes.
Facebook “Friends”: See notes.
Latest Facebook Update: See notes.
Twitter: See notes.
Twitter Followers: See notes.
Latest Tweet: See notes.
Notes: Facebook page is actually for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Ditto the Twitter feed: @WVCulture. The state arts plan goes through 2013.

Wisconsin Arts Board
Website: http://artsboard.wisconsin.gov/index.asp?locid=171
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WisconsinArtsBoard
Facebook “Friends”: 497
Latest Facebook Update: Sat., Nov. 6
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Lieutenant Governor now chairs the arts board (her successor comes in January).

Wyoming Arts Council
Website: http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyoming-Arts-Council/120002548046457
Facebook “Friends”: 13
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: @wyomingarts
Twitter Followers: 667
Latest Tweet: Fri., Dec. 3
Notes: The Council’s long-range plan goes to 2015. Also, starting in 2011, they’re paperless. And finally, the Council’s blog is here.

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    We keep them to show the benefits of the two.

    It would be an interesting addition to your page to do a per capita calculation for each state to judge the interest across the country. Perhaps Maine may surprise you with its 1.3 million population having a 1,338 people presence on Facebook with the state.

    I’d love to see those figures. Thanks

  • Really good information! But here’s my comment: you’ve included something about the statewide arts advocacy organization for a few of the states (Tennessee, Minnesota), but there are a lot more of those organizations nationwide than are indicated in your post. So below is information on Wisconsin’s advocacy organization, and a link to the State Arts Action Network, the national network of organizations advocating and serving the arts, arts education and creative economy, so you have the full picture.
    Thanks,
    Anne Katz, Executive Director
    Arts Wisconsin

    Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s voice for the arts – the premier statewide organization speaking up and working for the arts, arts education and creative economy in the state, providing advocacy, communications, education and facilitation for the arts as “part of the solution.” Arts Wisconsin works closely with the Wisconsin Arts Board and other state agencies, as well as the local and regional public sector and the private sector, to ensure access to the arts for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin. More info at http://www.artswisconsin.org.

    FaceBook: 2,161 fans (www.facebook.com/artswisconsin)
    Latest post: 12-13-2010
    Twitter: 1,012 fans (www.twitter.com/artswisconsin)
    Latest tweet: 12-13-2010

    State Arts Action Network (affiliated with Americans for the Arts): http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocacy/‚Äãsaan/‚Äãdefault.asp

  • Please let us know if we can answer additional questions about the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

  • I encourage you to update this summary. And the point made by Maine Arts is well made– in terms of looking at the figures on a per capita basis.

  • South Dakota also as an advocacy group, South Dakotans for the Arts, along with a Community Arts Network, Arts Education Alliance, etc. Also, you’ll need to double check your stats on us. Our Facebook friend count is 658 today. You have 4 listed. I understand why you stuck with just Facebook and Twitter, but many of our agencies use many other social media outlets.

    There’s actually a lot of info. out there about SDAC you could have used in your note, such as the fact that SDAC is an office under the state Department of Tourism and Economic Development. Interesting piece, though.

    • Hi Rebecca! First, thank you for taking the time to comment. Could I ask for a link to your FB page because (honestly!) I’m not seeing it.

  • Rebecca DallaGrana
  • I am with a regional arts organization that works with the state arts agencies of six states. What I think may not be common knowledge, even among the state arts agencies themselves, is that not all state governments allow use of social media by their agencies. Oklahoma, for instance, can use Twitter but not Facebook, all because of how the user agreements are worded. So some of the states are not lacking on this front — they simple aren’t allowed to engage in all forms of social media.

    • Hi Abby — that is an excellent point and not at all something I knew. I wonder: What would need to change, legally or legislatively or politically, to enable state arts agencies to utilize social media more effectively?

  • The Nebraska Arts Council’s Executive Director remains Suzanne Wise! Our resident tweeter, Marjorie Maas, is actually the new director of Nebraskans for the Arts, a statewide advocacy group.

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