The Center functioned to commission research programs, present public forums, and to publish new researchers and viewpoints on the arts and culture. However, a decade later on December 30, 2005, the Centre closed its doors forever.
Notably, the Center for Arts & Culture lacks a clear and salient mission statement on their About Us page on their website. However, the Centre does provide website pages for each of the policies that guide the organization. The Center recognises seven areas where policy and cultural issues overlap; law; globalization; access; preservation; community; investment; and education. These are outlined further:
Law - The Center orients itself with creativity and the Law. Three areas of immediate concern are: copyright and intellectual property, freedom of expression and content control, and consolidation and consumer choice. The changes made within the legal system, decisions made in court and changes to regulatory infrastructures have a dramatic influence on cultural being.
Globalization - The influence of globalization and modernization are examined by the Center, especially with regard to the impact of foreign policies on the promotion of understanding arts and culture. The development of cultural and public diplomacy, exchange programs, visa policies, trade agreements and other policies are evaluated to determine their international influence on the development, preservation and expression of culture.
Access - The Center aims to provide accurate and in-depth policies that will lower the barriers to access, as well as the creation, of the arts and cultural information. Barriers may be in the form of geography, literacy, disability or the infrastructure of a culture. Public policies were monitored which were deemed to make cultural information accessible or that provided resources for people to be able to develop culturally relevant art and information for their personal use, as well as their communities.
Preservation - Policies are also monitored that explore new develops in arts and cultural heritage, along with humanities education and the evolution of the workforce of the 21st century. Historic preservation allows cultural tourism and civic contributions. It is by way of culture that an important facet of economic revitalization occurs, motivating communities to collaborate in development. Culture is able to enhance or hinder a person's quality of life to a degree beyond that of economic influence. The Center's focus is on historic preservation, documents and archives, sites and monuments, living cultural heritage, and cultural property.
Community - The definitions of the constructs "community" and "culture" are changing in post-modern industrial societies. Technological advances such as the internet and virtual reality have allowed for a crossing of boarders on an epic scale. The Centre evaluates public policies at the federal, state, and local levels that are deemed to directly influence the quality of life and economic well being of a community.
Investment - The U.S.A. has a novel system of subsidy and tax policies that differs it from centrally-managed federal programs. However, identifying the appropriate instruments to motivate cultural development is an ongoing concern