The Regional Arts Commission Visionary Plan

The RAC Conceptual Plan for St. Louis is the result of extensive and frank discussions about our role in supporting the arts and culture to form the St. Louis community. Over the course of the year, hundreds of people from different perspectives have participated in this process, including RAC commissioners, employees, community and business leaders, elected officials, educators, artists and art administrators.

The key questions that arose were:

  • Art is important for sustainable economic growth
  • Innovation is important to the survival and prosperity of art.
  • Art has the power to change, inspire and transform neighbourhoods and communities.
  • The arts play a key role in intercultural interaction and diversity.

Objectives of the AAC Conceptual Plan

Life force

Develop the art sector in the St. Louis community by providing financial, professional and technological resources to established and emerging art groups (including their councils and states) as well as individual artists to realize their potential.

Value

To raise the value of art and individual artists as a strategic resource for economic and community development for the St. Louis community.

Visibility

To raise awareness of citizens and improve their understanding, understanding and access to countless opportunities to experience art in all its forms. Sustainability Ensure the continued sustainability of AAC and its ability to realize this strategic vision by developing and allocating appropriate structures, resources and systems.

Forecast plan for the Regional Arts Commission

The Regional Arts Commission’s forward-looking plan is the result of extensive and frank discussions about our role in supporting the arts and culture to build St. Louis’ community. Over the course of the year, hundreds of people from different perspectives have participated in this process, including commissioners of the Regional Arts Commission, employees, community and business leaders, elected officials, educators, artists and arts administrators.
The key questions that arose were:

  • Art is important for sustainable economic growth
  • Innovation is important to the survival and prosperity of art.
  • The arts have the power to change districts and communities.
  • The arts play a key role in intercultural interaction and diversity.

Our vision in St. Louis is that the arts are integrated into every area of our community. Innovative initiatives and community projects are changing St. Louis’ neighborhoods, supporting artists, attracting new and existing audiences, strengthening art groups, transforming their activities and bringing beautiful and interesting visual art and design elements to the city and region. Art brings people together, and diversity is celebrated in a thriving spirit of interpenetration, interaction and collaboration.

Because art is so prevalent, accessible and valued, it is recognized as an important “industrial cluster” in the political arena and civil society organizations that have developed strategies for the industry. Businesses recognize the value of investing in the arts as part of economic development. The contribution to the arts of individuals, large and small businesses and private foundations is steadily growing.

The media enthusiastically promotes our new identity in the arts, and tourists come to St. Louis to patronize art establishments, local hotels and restaurants. Artists move to St. Louis, and our homegrown artists stay here because they can earn a living. People across the country equate St. Louis with a thriving and attractive community that continues to use art to connect its community across all borders and begin a new phase of collaboration and prosperity.