The Social Media Presence of All 56 State Arts Agencies (Updated)

The CFR’s Dec. 12 post on the social media presence of all 56 state arts agencies was a popular one, and feedback, nearly three months later, is still coming in.

I therefore felt it might be time to update the post and try to keep the discussion going. The following updates are as of Feb. 26-27.

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Again, the point of this post is not to scrutinize every public arts agency but simply those at the state level. That said, one of the happy results of my earlier investigation is learning that some states operate in a kind of bifurcated fashion, with a grant-making state agency here and a linked arts advocacy agency there. I’d like to express my appreciation to those state agencies and advocacy groups who took the time, in comments on the CFR and privately, to explain how things work in their state. I didn’t know that some states will not allow agencies to use social media. I’ll let you decide for yourself what you think of that.

I also very much appreciated the corrections I received and I welcome any further corrections to this post.

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So, it all began with a question: Which state arts agencies are using 21st century communication tools as the century’s second decade begins?

To create the survey, I used links and information provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. There is a nifty map, too, at the website of Americans for the Arts.

For ease of reference, here are, listed together, the ground rules I employed:

  1. Regional and local arts councils are not included.
  2. The survey is limited to Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Results are current as of Sun., Feb. 27, 2011.

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”: 384
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: December 2010 grants, totaling more than $430,000, are listed here.

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: Gov. Parnell has declared March 2011 Alaska Arts Education Month. (His constituents at the Alasks State Council on the Arts should now educate Gov. Parnell on why any obstacles to the use of social media, legal or otherwise, are counterproductive and should be removed post-haste.)

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. And when will the 2011 calendar go up?

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Website: http://www.azarts.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/azartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 3,790
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., Feb. 24
Twitter: @AzArtsComm
Twitter Followers: 231
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 11
Notes: From the Twitter feed: “Imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.” (I’m resisting making a comment here about the politics of the state, but the sentence begs for it.)

Arkansas Arts Council
Website: http://www.arkansasarts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArkansasArtsCouncil
Facebook “Friends”: 2,218
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 16
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Artist Fellowship categories recently announced, and there is a deadline in April to apply.

California Arts Council
Website: http://www.cac.ca.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/californiaartscouncil
Facebook “Friends”: 3,657
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @CalArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 1,194
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: Want to be the new director of the CAC? Click here, the job is available.

Colorado Creative Industries
Website: http://www.coloarts.state.co.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoCreatives
Facebook “Friends”: 928
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @CO_Creatives
Twitter Followers: 2,912
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: Gov. Hickenlooper Launches CO’s “Bottom-Up Economic Development Plan Initiative.”

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”: 535
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., Feb. 24
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”: 220
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Check out the very cool “State of the Arts” podcasts.

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Website: http://dcarts.dc.gov/DC/DCARTS/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheDCArts
Facebook “Friends”: 4,287
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @TheDCArts
Twitter Followers: 3,180
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: There is also a dedicated YouTube channel (and it’s really worth a look).

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”: 746
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: These guys need our support — they do a Herculean amount of work with few resources. Who will be the first to press for a resumption in Florida arts funding?

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 in early 2010. Meanwhile, looking at the site of the agency, I see something — there are grant monies that go unused? Good grief, I’d help with that.

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: 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. And here’s the February 2011 newsletter. And finally, here is a link to the Hawaii Arts Alliance

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: I’d like to know more about the ArtsPowered Schools Institute and how it can be promoted.

Illinois Arts Council
Website: http://www.arts.illinois.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/illinoisartscouncil
Facebook “Friends”: 1,642
Latest Facebook Update: Sat., Feb. 26
Twitter: @ILArts
Twitter Followers: 52
Latest Tweet: Thurs., Feb. 24
Notes: The most recent round of grants — 725 of them, totaling $7.56 million — were just announced. On the other hand, guys, get moving on your Twitter feed — just 52 followers? Really? We know the great state of Illinois can do better than that.

Indiana Arts Commission
Website: http://www.in.gov/arts/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 883
Latest Facebook Update: Sun., Feb. 27
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Governor’s Awards are coming up soon. Why not make them annual, though? Also, check out the commission’s 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”: 1,756
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 24
Twitter: @IowaArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 273
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 24
Notes: The council’s February newsletter (with lots of nifty links) is here.

Kansas Arts Commission
Website: http://arts.ks.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kansasartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 1,890 (it was 1,363 just two months ago — yay, Kansas!)
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 23
Twitter: @KSArts
Twitter Followers: 394 (it was 89 just months ago — yay again, Kansas!)
Latest Tweet: Sun., Feb. 27
Notes: If you’re unfamiliar with what could happen to this agency, get with the program — it must be saved, which is to say that Kansas’ legislature must stop Gov. Sam Brownback from hurling the good people of his state back to the 14th century. Here’s the latest. And from the agency’s website: “…The Kansas Arts Commission has decided to postpone all Fiscal Year 2012 progamming, including grant programs, until the situation is resolved.” Let’s hope it’s resolved soon and favorably to the arts.

Kentucky Arts Council
Website: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kentucky-Arts-Council/128427690512542
Facebook “Friends”: 1,550
Latest Facebook Update: Sat., Feb. 26
Twitter: @KYArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 317
Latest Tweet: Sat., Feb. 26
Notes: Check out the new “Experience the Arts” license plate. Better yet, get one.

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 Creative Capital Weekend Retreat for Artists — which is March 25 to 27 — merits some more investigation, so click here for the deets. (The deadline passed, I know, but this is still interesting.) In addition, the Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy is here on Facebook (also click here).

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”: 1,760 and 434
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., Feb. 24
Twitter: @MaineArts (there is also @MaineArtsCommis on Twitter as well)
Twitter Followers: 433
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 18
Notes: The Commission maintains a blog here — the governor’s conference on tourism was held on Feb. 17.

Maryland State Arts Council
Website: http://www.msac.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marylandarts
Facebook “Friends”: 455
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 23
Twitter: @MarylandArts
Twitter Followers: 683
Latest Tweet: Wed., Feb. 23
Notes: Current strategic plan through 2013 is here. On Jan. 31, individual-artist awards were made — 93 in all, totaling $246,000. Certainly something to crow about!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Website: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Massachusetts-Cultural-Council/38150507216
Facebook “Friends”: 1,1216
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @MassCultural
Twitter Followers: 1,706
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
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. News: “…Governor Deval Patrick has allocated $7 million for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) in his state capital investment plan.”

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”: 140
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 18
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Arts Serve Michigan does have a Twitter presence @ArtsServeMi. In addition, here is some of the latest information on grants that have been awarded.

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”: 86
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Stay tuned for more about the arts census.

Mississippi Arts Commission
Website: http://www.arts.state.ms.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jackson-MS/Mississippi-Arts-Commission/40356507113
Facebook “Friends”: 1,362
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 16
Twitter: @MSArts
Twitter Followers: 513
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 18
Notes: Created in 1968. The Mississippi Arts Hour podcast is on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.Most recently, there was the 2011 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Click here to find out the recipients.

Missouri Arts Council
Website: https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Arts-Council/107917465927965
Facebook “Friends”: 20
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) has announced its selection of 2011 Arts Awards recipients. In addition, the website of Missouri Citizens for the Arts (and their advocacy platform) is here.

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. And who will be the next Montana Laureate?

Nebraska Arts Council
Website: http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Arts-Council/17508954521
Facebook “Friends”: 904
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 23
Twitter: See notes.
Twitter Followers: See notes.
Latest Tweet: See notes.
Notes: The Council’s new director, Marjorie Maas, tweets at @marjorie_m_m. In addition, from the website, Nebraskans for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council will sponsor the Annual Arts Advocacy Legislative Breakfast in the State Capitol building on Friday, March 4 between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.” Wish they could do this monthly instead of yearly!

Nevada Arts Council
Website: http://nac.nevadaculture.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nevada-Arts-Council/73958835926
Facebook “Friends”: 1,194
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 2
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: From the website, “Kelly J. Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, will present the keynote address on Innovation and the Creative Industry for OASIS 2011,” which is scheduled for March 3.

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”: 645
Latest Facebook Update: Wed., Feb. 23
Twitter: @NHCulture
Twitter Followers: 87
Latest Tweet: Thurs., Feb. 24
Notes: The New Hampshire Arts Journal is a print magazine, also available online. Also, let’s hear it for New Hampshire’s contribution to the Poetry Out Loud competition.

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”: 18
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. Also, who received 2011 Fellowship Awards? Click here to find out. And finally, Gov. Christie is not proposing to slash funding next year. Er, what are those sounds you hear? The sound of cynical ploys and shameless pandering?

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 (3 fans — the first was me) is here.

New York State Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.nysca.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/NewYorkStateCouncilontheArts
Facebook “Friends”: 1,479
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @NYSCArts
Twitter Followers: 580
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: All NYSCA public meetings can be viewed via webcast. In addition, Apr. 1 is an important date for Empire State nonprofit arts groups. Why? Click here for the CDF deadlines and information.

North Carolina Arts Council
Website: http://www.ncarts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ncarts
Facebook “Friends”: 1,110
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @NCArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 410
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: The strategic plan through 2013 is here. There are also about a million local arts councils in the state. Finally, from the website, “…the Creative Industry in North Carolina accounts for nearly 300,000 jobs, more than five and half percent of the state’s workforce, with a market value of $41.4 billion.”

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”: 354
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @NDArts
Twitter Followers: 77
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
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. And in the latest news, the Statewide Arts Conference and Governor’s Awards for the Arts will take place April 5-6, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, ND. Click on this link for more information.

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. But a nifty map is right here.

Ohio Arts Council
Website: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Arts-Council/99979582598
Facebook “Friends”: 3,055
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @OhioArtsCouncil
Twitter Followers: 60
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: Take pART is the Council’s ongoing to effort to learn of, and publish, how art has affected people’s lives. And in other news, from the website: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

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: 1,168
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: A five percent cut to the agency may be a done deal if action — real action — isn’t taken. And, by the way, it’s possible — this is one of the most active Twitter feeds among state arts agencies. If you’re following @OKArtsCouncil, you really do know what’s going on!

Oregon Arts Commission
Website: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Arts-Commission/133003686737955
Facebook “Friends”: 20
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. Equally important, the website for the Oregon Cultural Trust is here (with 1,579 “Likes” on Facebook and 956 followers @ORCulturalTrust.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Website: http://www.pacouncilonthearts.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvania-Council-on-the-Arts/112651298760888
Facebook “Friends”: 9
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. On a similar (and not meaning to be difficult) note, why does it seem as if the website hasn’t been updated? Got to get on that. Pennsylvania arts is much too important to lay fallow. (I used to spend part of my summers in Pennsylvania, so I would know.)

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/pages/RISCA-Rhode-Island-State-Council-on-the-Arts/91866154843 and http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8924264660
Facebook “Friends”: 1,214 and 630
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., March 3
Twitter: @RISCA1967
Twitter Followers: 277
Latest Tweet: Thurs., March 3
Notes: The Council’s blog is here. Its dedicated YouTube channel is here. And if you don’t know about the Sherlock Center mini-grants, you’d better click here.

South Carolina Arts Commission
Website: http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scartscommission
Facebook “Friends”: 2,510
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @SCArtsComm
Twitter Followers: 1,45
Latest Tweet: Wed., Feb. 23
Notes: A long-range plan for the arts in South Carolina goes through 2020. But more pressingly, will there be a six percent cut or a complete zeroing-out of the agency? (And finally, this is another really well-run Twitter feed. Bravo!)

South Dakota Arts Council
Website: http://www.artscouncil.sd.gov/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000358530088
Facebook “Friends”: 826
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 25
Twitter: @SouthDakotaArts
Twitter Followers: 236
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 25
Notes: Are you familiar with HB 1248? I am now. Also, South Dakota has an advocacy group, South Dakotans for the Arts, and there is more information (and links) in the comments section of the CFR’s initial Dec. 12 post.

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 59 followers, up from 43 last Decembere. Tennesseans for the Arts has a very active page on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/tn4arts, with 2,954 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”: 1,780
Latest Facebook Update: Tues., Feb. 22
Twitter: @TXCommArts
Twitter Followers: 549
Latest Tweet: Tues., Feb. 22
Notes: This agency tragically may go — to use a technical term — bye-bye, given the size of the state’s deficit and the suzerainty that is Gov. Perry’s office. Click here for a smart analysis and call to action.

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 and http://www.facebook.com/Alice.Merrill.Horne
Facebook “Friends”: 4 and 158
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: @ArtsandMuseums
Twitter Followers: 986
Latest Tweet: Tues., Feb. 22
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”: 1,029
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., Feb. 24
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. And who will be the new Poet Laureate? Perhaps you? Click 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”: 2,323
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 11
Twitter: N/A
Twitter Followers: N/A
Latest Tweet: N/A
Notes: Seven-person staff doing the work of hundreds. And check out the cool Performing Arts Tour Directory.

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”: 14
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”: 651
Latest Facebook Update: Thurs., March 3
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.” In the meantime, could Gov. Gregoire wreak havoc with public arts funding? Yes, it’s still possible.

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 (568 followers) 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”: 543
Latest Facebook Update: Fri., Feb. 18
Twitter: N/A (see note below)
Twitter Followers: (see note below)
Latest Tweet: (see note below)
Notes: Gosh, I hope there aren’t any union people associated with the arts and Wisconsin because apparently that’s the root of all evil, or at least that what Gov. Scott Walker may well think. Then again, Walker should know something about pure evil: On March 1, defying a court order, he locked the public out of the capitol. Walker should be arrested — or recalled as soon as legally possible. (Or maybe, given Walker’s intent to ignore law, maybe he should be recalled right now.) Meanwhile, let’s not allow Walker’s anti-Americanism to detract from the work of Arts Wisconsin, with its 2,290 fans (as of Feb. 26) and @artswisconsin, with 1,135 followers on Twitter (as of Feb. 26).

Wyoming Arts Council
Website: http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyoming-Arts-Council/120002548046457
Facebook “Friends”: 17
Latest Facebook Update: N/A
Twitter: @wyomingarts
Twitter Followers: 870
Latest Tweet: Fri., Feb. 28
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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  • I’m not sure what this tells us. At first I wanted to say – wow, we’re in trouble, but then… I am an arts professional who cares about arts funding and cares about what’s going on in the arts, but I wouldn’t become a follower of my arts council on Facebook or Twitter if they paid me to do so. The only way I would was if they were sending me news that would be way too political for any state agency to send. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be there or that a smart person couldn’t figure out a way to make them more relevant, but it wouldn’t be easy. I follow some dorky and wonky stuff too. I think your analysis is worthy of consideration, but I’m not sure what we should expect here. I’d be really impressed if, say, they started sharing panel deliberations on Facebook. Or soliciting proposal ratings via Twitter. I’m not kidding, either. But I see no reason to follow any of their social presence as currently imagined.

    • I have a few thoughts about your thoughts. One is your reaction is itself very informative: What should arts agencies do with social media and will anyone care? Love your idea about panels on Facebook — NYSCA is, I think, the the only agency live-streaming panels right now.

  • I’m with the Washington State Arts Commission, and while we are not allowed to engage in grassroots advocacy we can “educate and inform”. We use Facebook as a way to provide more timely information regarding our activities AND news articles and legislative issues (e.g. bills) about the larger arts, heritage, and cultural field in Washington.

    Recent posts have run the gamut from providing information gathered from a recent survey of artists working on our public art projects, to links to both positive and negative newspaper editorials about pending legislation that will dramatically impact the future of one of our peers (4Culture the King County Arts Commission), we also post specific updates about bills that will impact the Washington State Arts Commission. We’ve also linked to the fascinating discussions occurring here, at Jumper, the NEA blog, Createquity, and others. Educate and inform.

    We are new to this – we started our Facebook page in December – but we’ve since garnered over 650 fans (speaking of which Jacob – how about an update to our entry reflecting the new #!)

    • Hi Mark! It’s Leonard, not Jacob, and I’ll be happy to update the information.

  • Hey, Clyde. Thanks for the posting (and I follow your site via RSS feed on a regular basis). One correction for Rhode Island – you checked out an old Facebook page. The current page – in operation since early November 2010 – is http://www.facebook.com/pages/RISCA-Rhode-Island-State-Council-on-the-Arts/91866154843, and it’s very much up to date.

    Not to brag, but we were one of the first state arts councils to have its own website, its own blog, its own Facebook and YouTube sites.

    Keep on postin’… and thanks.

    Randy (Rhode Island State Council on the Arts)

    • Hi — it’s Leonard, not Clyde, but I’ll do the update! Thank you, btw. Very much appreciated. :-)

  • Oops. Sorry. We also have a Twitter site, and have had it for years. It’s at http://twitter.com/risca1967. If you go to our website (http://www.arts.ri.gov) you’ll see little icons for all our social networking sites in the upper right hand margin of the header.

    Randy (again)

  • Clearly a day for name confusion. My apologies Leonard.

  • Hi,
    The Save the Arts in PA Facebook & Twitter sites were developed for a particular advocacy campaign and haven’t been used for sometime. More updated information about arts advocacy in Pennsylvania can be found on the Citizens for the Arts in PA Facebook page and Twitter (cfapa) updates. With a staff of one, I try hard to keep things current. Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania is the statewide arts advocacy and service organization.

    Thanks.
    Jenny Hershour
    Citizens for the Arts in PA