Director of Artist and Community Initiatives
Roseann is Director of Artist and Community Initiatives. She oversees the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute – an innovative program centered on the principle that art can be an agent for positive social change. Roseann also leads RAC’s artists’ support programs, public art strategies, and creative community initiatives which include identifying resources for new projects. She promotes RAC’s position that community-based arts, public art, and creative capacity building are integral in developing dynamic, vibrant cities.
In 2010, she organized the first At the Crossroads: A Community Arts & Development Convening. In 2012, a second convening in conjunction with Rust Belt to Artist Belt attracted about 300 participants to St. Louis from as far away as Dublin and Singapore.
Before joining RAC, Roseann served as Director of Programs and Education at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). With over 25 years of experience in arts leadership in both nonprofit arts institutions and gallery settings, she has curated contemporary art exhibitions, served on public art commissions, panels, juries, committees, and boards as well as lectured about contemporary art and community.
She also was a founding member of The AIDS Foundation of St. Louis (now part of Doorways) and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Roseann received a Grand Center Visionary Award in 2009 for “outstanding arts professional.” She lives in the West End of the city with her spouse Harper Barnes, a writer, in a condo overrun by too many books and not enough walls left for art.
Roseann always enjoys a good discussion. See/listen to: Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk Pod Cast / July 2013 http://badatsports.com/2013/episode-411-roseann-weiss-and-the-st-louis-regional-arts-commission/