Funding for arts agencies in Colorado to reach $2 million in FY2020

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Published Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Legislative appropriations for Colorado arts agencies are projected to reach $2 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to 35 cents per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

The state's per-capita funding for arts agencies is the sixth lowest among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the analysis said.

In fiscal year 2019, Colorado allocated $2 million to arts agencies in the state. Funding was unchanged between fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

The NASAA identifies a number of ways state governments provide revenue to arts agencies, but the primary source of funds is a state's general fund, according to the report. Other sources of arts agency funding include special taxes or fees, lottery and gaming taxes, specialty arts license plates and income tax checkoffs.

The assembly surveys state arts agencies biannually to update its database on appropriations and revenues going to arts programs.

State Legislative Appropriations Going to Arts Agencies

State

Total FY 2019 Legislative Arts Funding

Total FY 2020 Legislative Arts Funding

% Change, FY2019 to FY2020

Per-Capita Legislative Arts Funding

Per-Capita Funding Rank

Washington, D.C.

$30,389,000

$33,632,233

10.7%

$47.88

1

Minnesota

$39,276,000

$40,741,000

3.7%

$7.26

2

Hawaii

$6,995,067

$6,995,067

0.0%

$4.92

3

Maryland

$21,747,233

$23,702,000

9.0%

$3.92

4

Delaware

$3,206,300

$3,313,000

3.3%

$3.43

5

Massachusetts

$16,154,982

$18,180,000

12.5%

$2.63

6

Utah

$6,266,200

$7,705,400

23.0%

$2.44

7

New York

$45,334,000

$43,951,000

-3.1%

$2.25

8

South Carolina

$4,215,938

$11,341,448

169.0%

$2.23

9

Rhode Island

$1,989,693

$2,084,748

4.8%

$1.97

10

Wyoming

$1,038,975

$1,108,438

6.7%

$1.92

11

New Jersey

$16,405,000

$16,405,000

0.0%

$1.84

12

Illinois

$12,896,800

$22,896,800

77.5%

$1.80

13

Connecticut

$5,218,700

$5,218,700

0.0%

$1.46

14

California

$27,419,000

$56,119,000

104.7%

$1.42

15

Ohio

$14,653,879

$16,470,723

12.4%

$1.41

16

Florida

$7,404,260

$26,647,536

259.9%

$1.25

17

Alabama

$5,459,496

$5,828,528

6.8%

$1.19

18

Tennessee

$7,175,800

$7,995,500

11.4%

$1.18

19

Vermont

$717,735

$722,800

0.7%

$1.15

20

South Dakota

$927,103

$996,797

7.5%

$1.13

21

Missouri

$6,458,929

$6,570,824

1.7%

$1.07

22

North Dakota

$782,438

$803,102

2.6%

$1.06

23

Michigan

$10,000,000

$10,000,000

0.0%

$1.00

24

Alaska

$692,800

$704,400

1.7%

$0.96

25

North Carolina

$9,102,787

$8,802,787

-3.3%

$0.85

26

Pennsylvania

$10,464,000

$10,481,000

0.2%

$0.82

27

Nebraska

$1,477,145

$1,508,852

2.1%

$0.78

28

Maine

$926,061

$1,006,222

8.3%

$0.75

29

Oklahoma

$2,799,266

$2,912,531

4.0%

$0.74

30

New Mexico

$1,321,900

$1,332,300

0.8%

$0.64

31

Indiana

$4,000,000

$3,920,491

-2.0%

$0.59

32

New Hampshire

$498,728

$805,229

61.5%

$0.59

33

Texas

$5,043,064

$15,164,538

200.7%

$0.53

34

Montana

$516,313

$551,314

6.8%

$0.52

35

Idaho

$841,000

$884,700

5.2%

$0.50

36

West Virginia

$879,806

$870,758

-1.0%

$0.48

37

Arkansas

$1,425,944

$1,425,944

0.0%

$0.47

38

Oregon

$2,668,717

$1,959,497

-26.6%

$0.47

39

Iowa

$1,267,188

$1,467,188

15.8%

$0.46

40

Louisiana

$2,131,469

$2,165,285

1.6%

$0.46

41

Virginia

$3,730,751

$3,855,751

3.4%

$0.45

42

Nevada

$2,003,598

$1,327,366

-33.8%

$0.44

43

Kentucky

$1,708,700

$1,728,900

1.2%

$0.39

44

Mississippi

$1,595,294

$1,169,421

-26.7%

$0.39

45

Colorado

$2,000,000

$2,000,000

0.0%

$0.35

46

Arizona

$2,000,000

$2,200,000

10.0%

$0.31

47

Washington

$1,633,000

$2,169,000

32.8%

$0.29

48

Kansas

$500,000

$500,000

0.0%

$0.17

49

Georgia

$1,211,310

$1,517,217

25.3%

$0.14

50

Wisconsin

$763,000

$790,000

3.5%

$0.14

51

Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

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