Agencies & Organizations

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) advances Colorado’s creative vitality by connecting business and the arts. The Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is a program of the CBCA and is a pro bono legal referral service connecting limited-income artists and creative entities to volunteer attorneys.

Colorado Creative Industries seeks to capitalize on the immense potential for Colorado’s creative sector to drive economic growth in the state. This organization provides resources and technical assistance to help creative entrepreneurs and enterprises flourish.

The Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) was established as an independent 501(c)3 organization to develop and advocate for this proposed new public fund for the arts in Portland, Oregon. In 2012 CAN successfully established the $12.2 million annual Arts Education and Access Fund.

Future Of Music Coalition
Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents, and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA seeks to strengthen arts advocacy by providing federal legislative updates, conducting webinars focused on helping state arts agencies augment their advocacy goals, and offering technical support and workshops related to building political capital for the arts.

The National Endowment for the Arts
(NEA) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens alike. This foundation is committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining “public” information as meaning “online,” and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is the primary advocate for the non-profit professional theatres in the United States. TCG represents the theatre field both in Washington, DC, and nationally, to provide timely information for theatres and theatre artists on federal legislation, regulations, and other significant government opportunities and issues.

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a regional non-profit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. WESTAF’s mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. WESTAF encourages the creative development and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of customers and alliances through providing innovative programing, technology, advocacy, grant-making and other services.

Arts Advocacy


Americans for the Arts (AFTA) provides tips on how to effectively advocate for the arts. Some of the resources include advocacy updates and research to make it easy to connect with elected officials.

The Americans for the Arts: State Arts Action Network serves as the online meeting place for statewide multi-discipline arts service and advocacy organizations to discuss and share resources.

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Project Vote Smart is an independent, nonpartisan source that provides accurate information about candidates, those who govern, and key pieces of legislation. By providing information in an easy and accessible manner, Project Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the questionable rhetoric and misrepresentation that characterize present day political campaigns. This organization also provides a tool to easily identify a person’s elected officials and their contact information.



ArtDaily is an online newspaper that covers a variety of topics and events related to figures in the world of visual art, painting, photography and sculpture. ArtDaily also offers a space for museums and galleries.

Artforum is an international monthly magazine specializing in contemporary art. The magazine is published ten times a year, September through May, along with an annual summer issue. Characterized by its 10½ inch square format, with each cover devoted to the work of a single artist, the magazine is widely known as a decisive voice in its field. As well as in-depth articles and reviews of contemporary art, the magazine features book reviews, columns on cinema and popular culture, and numerous full-page advertisements from prominent galleries around the world.

ArtsJournal is a digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features links to stories culled from more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture.

Art in America is an illustrated monthly international magazine concentrating on the contemporary art world, including profiles of artists and genres, updates about art movements, show reviews and event schedules. It is designed for collectors, artists, dealers, art professionals, and other consumers who are interested in being up to date with the art world. The magazine has received kudos for extensive coverage and criticism of sculpture, painting, and photography.

M12 Art Collective is an art focused non-profit organization that is run by a collective of artists and creative professionals. M12 creates interdisciplinary site-based artworks, research projects, and education and outreach programs. Working in the fields of sculpture, architecture, and public art and design, this organizations favors projects that are centered in rural areas and which can be developed through dialogical and collaborative approaches. M12’s projects explore community identity and the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes.


Space to Create Colorado is the first state driven initiative for affordable housing for artists and creative sector workers in the nation. Our mission is to develop affordable housing and work space, including commercial space, for artists and arts organizations and to position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artistled community transformation in rural communities. Space to Create will facilitate the development of nine projects in eight regions in Colorado’s rural, small town and mountain communities. This effort is led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Boettcher Foundation, Artspace and History Colorado.