Funding Indicators:

Distribution of Resources Sources of Revenue & Support Cultural Spending

Funding Overview

According to a 2013 report by the organization Grantmakers in the Arts, the total public funding for the arts by federal, state, and local governments has increased by 15.6 percent over the past 21 years. While this trend has generally been reflected in the funding for state and local organizations, the flows “[correspond] to the economic recessions of the early 2000s and the more recent, longer and deeper recession” (Stubbs, 2013). Thus, in the case of Houston, the funding for arts and cultural organizations has remained rather steady when compared to other regions, displaying an increasingly influential and supported sector of the region’s economy. More below…

By examining Houston’s current funding of the arts by the state, the public, and private philanthropy, we can begin to determine each source’s roles in developing a nationally acclaimed and recognized arts-and-culture scene in Houston.

Despite the impressive gains made by the Houston region’s arts and cultural organizations, the future of public funding of the arts remains unpredictable. As Grantmakers in the Arts asserts, lower funding by the NEA and federal cuts may lead to a more challenging fiscal climate for many services, including the arts (Stubbs, 2013). Establishing steady sources of funding and support for the arts may influence the opportunities for the growth and success of Houston’s nonprofit arts organizations and the numerous artists who depend on them.

Source cited

Stubbs, R., “Public Funding for Arts: 2013 Update,” Grantmakers in the Arts: Supporting a Creative America, 2013,