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About RAC

We are an investor in the arts and artists. We will prioritize quality in all that we do. We believe that equity is an urgent and necessary priority. We believe that every child deserves a well-rounded education that includes the arts. We will promote partnerships to strengthen the sector.

These are the principles that guide our work. Because every artist, organization and generation in our region thrives when the arts around us do, too.

Our Mission Statement

As the leading public catalyst for arts and culture in St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission leverages the power of creativity to strengthen and enrich our community.

Our Vision

The Regional Arts Commission envisions a region where every resident has the freedom, resources, and opportunities to enjoy a creative life – to share and celebrate their stories, art, and culture and feel a sense of belonging wherever they live, work, or play.

In this more equitable world, every culture is valued, supported and enabled to grow and thrive. A person’s well-being and success in life are not determined by race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, ability, class, or status.

This work requires that we confront inequities of the past, reveal inequities of the present and develop effective strategies to move all of us toward a more equitable future.

Our Statement

A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To ensure a full creative life for every St. Louisan, RAC commits to champion policies and practices that promote diversity, racial equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the arts.


The Latest News and Events at RAC

Ad Hoc Facilities Committee Meeting Notice

N O T I C E   O F   M E E T I N G Regional Arts Commission Ad Hoc Facilities Committee Meeting Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 a.m. via Zoom Conference Call Note: Because of continued social distancing guidelines, this notice, will be the only posting for this meeting....

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Arts and cultural events are waiting around every corner throughout the St. Louis region. Explore the abundant creativity our area has to offer. From gallery shows and performances to public installations, St. Louis is rich with culture and the arts in all forms. Browse these links to experience our arts community firsthand.


Due to the ongoing financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has been working diligently to adjust our annual grantmaking programs to ensure alignment with RAC’s strategic priorities, and in response to feedback from the arts community.


We have gathered a variety of news, information, and other resources to sustain the health and vibrancy of our arts community.


As the leading public catalyst for arts and culture in St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission leverages the power of creativity to strengthen and enrich our community. Read our commitment to diversity, racial equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and see our strategic plan for the next five years.


Covid-19 has impacted us all. But what it hasn’t changed is RAC’s commitment to finding innovative ways to support arts programming, arts organizations, and individual artists through the pandemic, and to resuming these programs as soon as conditions allow.


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