What We Do

Our mission is to inspire support for the arts. We strive to educate the public on the importance of our state’s arts institutions to the community, advocate for support of those institutions using a unified voice, and organize all supporters of the arts through diverse and meaningful partnerships.

Arts, culture, and creativity are valued as fundamental to vibrant, healthy, connected, and equitable communities in Connecticut

– CAA’s Vision


CAA has helped put arts and culture on the state’s political agenda. For the first time ever, the arts were part of the incoming Governor’s Transition Team in 2019. The Governor’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Transition Policy Committee was co-chaired by a CAA Board Member, and it presented recommendations to the incoming administration. In addition, CAA:

  • Leads a delegation of artists, arts administrators, and advocates to meet the Connecticut Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. for the Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day in March
  • Help stabilize funding for the CT Council on the Arts through our advocacy in the State House with the House, Senate, and the Governor
  • Co-sponsors Arts, Culture and Tourism Advocacy Day in Hartford in April, and successfully led the fight advocating to change the name of the legislative Tourism Caucus to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus
  • Participated in Connecticut Arts Day in New Haven that included performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities
  • Maintains a steady presence at the State House, updating members on State and Federal legislation affecting the arts and creative industries and providing advocacy guidance and tools
  • Developed a three-year strategic plan that includes increasing financial resources, hiring a full-time executive director, and developing state-wide education campaigns


Create the Vote is an initiative that happens each election cycle in order to educate the candidates on important issues in the arts sector and to encourage voter turn-out.

We offer a number of advocacy resources for arts institutions and advocates to find their local representatives, learn about key issues during legislative sessions, and quick facts about the sector.