St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

About RAC

The Regional Arts Commission elevates the

vitality, value & visibility

of arts organizations and artists

The Regional Arts Commission leads, strengthens and gives voice to a creative community where every citizen can be proud to live, work and play in a world-class region.

Vision & Pledge

RAC is at the forefront of efforts to transform St.Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community through elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts.

Using cross-sector collaborations and partnerships, RAC is a leader in providing innovation, access and creative solutions to economic and community development. RAC advocates respect, inclusion and appreciation of the diverse cultures of all individuals.

$76 Million

funds for the arts

More than


grants awarded

Since 1985, RAC has made a profound impact on St.Louis by supporting and promoting the arts. RAC's visionary and dynamic work continues to energize St.Louis culturally and economically.

$1 Million
in additional ticket sales through DART, the collabrative marketing intiative

More than

11 Million

visits annually

  • Funding

    that's consistent and stable

  • Training

    for arts administrators and artists

  • Community arts
    training institute

    teaching how to use the arts for social change

  • public policy

    supporting arts in every community

  • marketing

    that engages more audiences

  • art commandos

    enlisting volunteers for the arts

  • neighborhood

    engaging diverse communities through art


    providing a cool calendar of cultural events

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Mission & Governance


The Regional Arts Commission was founded in 1985 to promote, encourage, and foster the arts and cultural institutions in St. Louis City and County and to contribute to the economic development of the area through a strong presence of the arts. The mission of the Regional Arts Commission is to create an environment that nurtures artists as well as arts and cultural organizations by:

  • Providing funds to promote, encourage and foster the arts and cultural institutions and activities within its boundaries
  • Promoting and preserving cultural diversity
  • Helping artists and arts and cultural organizations improve quality
  • Creating equal access to cultural opportunities
  • Insuring consideration of aesthetic issues in local decision making
  • Continuing to engage in cultural planning


Fifteen Commissioners appointed jointly by the Mayor and County Executive serve four-year terms. The Commission office is run by an executive director with the assistance of a staff of nine full-time employees.


Fact Sheets

These documents are a good way to get a quick overview of some of the Regional Arts Commission's programs:


Commissioners & Staff

Executive Committee

  • Michael Scully, Chairman
  • Dr. John Wright, Vice Chairman
  • Maria Taxman, Secretary
  • Dennis M. Reagan, Member At Large

Commission Members

  • Sara Burke
  • Kevin Farrell
  • Timothy Fogerty
  • Eva Frazer, M.D.
  • Cindy Kohlbry
  • John Russell
  • Ann C. Scott
  • Cheryl Walker
  • Donna Wilkinson

The Regional Arts Commission Staff

For more information on the staff, check out our bios.

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants
for the Arts (314) 863-6930


Funding Programs

Matching funds are available to not-for-profit, qualifying arts and cultural organizations and community arts councils for:

  • Operating support (which covers basic operating expenses such as rent, salaries, utilities, etc.) or program support (which relates to specific costs associated with a program such as artists' fees, travel costs, promotion or publicity materials, etc.) for the development or presentation of arts or cultural programs.
  • Purchase of equipment which will streamline administrative operations or improve the artistic quality of a product.
  • Consultancies with qualified experts in arts management.
  • Conference travel grants.
  • Special projects.

Grant applications may be obtained by contacting the Regional Arts Commission office or on-line through the Grants Program section of this website.

Annual Grant Awards

In 2013, RAC awarded more than $3.3 million to support nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, consortiums, and programs in the St. Louis area. The Commission awarded 44Program Support III grants, which combined with 26 Operating Support I and II, and 113 Program Support I and II grants (on a two-year cycle beginning in 2012), total more than $3.3 million in 183 grant awards.Since it was created in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 5,800 grants totaling more than $76 million.
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