A Local Arts Agency (LAA) is a community-based organization or an agency of city or county government that supports the growth and development of all of the arts in the identified area of service. The 80+ local arts agencies that serve Illinois communities are strong partners with the Illinois Arts Council and Arts Alliance Illinois in building a strong, creative, and connected Illinois. Many of these agencies are located in areas where access to the arts is limited. Located in rural, suburban, exurban, and urban areas, these agencies range from small volunteer organizations with operating budgets of less than $10,000 to agencies in the state's larger cities and suburban areas with budgets over a million dollars. As center points of cultural activity, resources and information, local arts agencies are uniquely positioned to strengthen their communities and help arts and cultural organizations throughout Illinois survive and thrive in these challenging times.