An arts council is a government or private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts; mainly by funding local artists, awarding prizes, and organizing arts events. They often operate at arms-length from the government to prevent political interference in their decisions.
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) maintains a list of national arts councils on its website.
California Arts Council (CAC)
Oregon Arts Commission
Arts Council of Lake Oswego
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts