A Sellout Crowd at Cultura 2023

Check out the highlights from the inaugural conference focused on research, arts and culture. 

The Arts are Big Business in St. Louis

The arts and culture sector contributes jobs, produces economic activity, and attracts tourists to St. Louis every year.

RAC Gives $4.5 Million in Grants to Local Artists and Arts Organizations

One of the Largest Grant Allocations in RAC’s History

When You Support the Arts,
You Support St. Louis

Please consider helping bolster our local arts and culture sector through a donation to the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Your gift will help fund our various grants and program for artists.

St. Louis is an Arts Town.

Explore all the ways you can bring the arts into your life in St. Louis.

For Artists
If you’re an artist in the region, learn more about grants, opportunities and resources.

For Organizations
Are you one of the region’s many nonprofit arts organizations? Learn more about grants, programs and resources to specifically benefit groups like yours.

For the STL Community
Bring the arts into your life. Check out events, our public art directory and more.
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It was a packed house at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) on Oct. 23, as hundreds attended Cultura, a new conference focused on the intersections of research, art and culture. More than 450 people attended the inaugural event which featured national and local arts leaders, creatives, academics , and research professionals. A true blend of research, arts and culture, Cultura showcased exclusive performances from local musicians.

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New Study: The Arts Contributed More Than $868 million to St. Louis Economy in 2022 

“The economic and social impact the arts and culture sector has on St. Louis is undeniable,” said Vanessa Cooksey, RAC president and CEO. “Our nonprofit organizations contribute the local economy every day – employing thousands of people, creating unique and high-quality experiences for millions of attendees, and through daily operational expenditures.”  

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St. Louis Named a Top 20 Arts-Vibrant Community in Nation

St. Louis is an arts town, and it’s being recognized nationally for it. SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, released its 8th Arts Vibrancy Index in October. St. Louis is listed as a top 20 arts-vibrant community across the country. The ranking was based on the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in more than 900 communities across the country. St. Louis is returning to the Arts Vibrancy Index for the first time since 2016.

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Creatives Count Study Provides Exclusive Look Inside the Lives of the Artists Who Power the St. Louis Arts and Culture Sector

A new study out from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RACSTL) is shining a light on the creative community. The data from Creatives Count, the only study of creatives in the region, will be used as a critical source of information for governments, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who want to better understand the creative heart of St. Louis.