About Us

The Center for Arts and Culture aims to inform and improve policy decisions that affect cultural life. The guiding principles of the mission include freedom of imagination, inquiry and expression, as well as freedom of opportunity for all to participate in a vital and diverse culture.

Founded in Washington, DC, the Center is a non-partisan organization, supported by foundations and individuals and governed by a board of directors. The Center commissions research, holds public roundtables, and publishes new voices and perspectives on the arts and culture.

The Center identifies seven areas where policies intersect with cultural issues:

  • Law
  • Globalization
  • Access
  • Preservation
  • Community
  • Investment
  • Education