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A Creative Vision for St. Louis

On September 13, 2018, the Regional Arts Commission released Arts &: A Creative Vision for St Louis to the public. This document represents the culmination of the first comprehensive community cultural visioning process of its kind for the St Louis region. The report represents more than a year of community engagement involving over 3,000 people who shared their ideas how the arts could become more relevant to their own lives and play a stronger role in making St. Louis a better place to live.

With the visioning process complete, and with the establishment of a set of six community identified priorities, RAC moved into the completion of its five-year strategic plan. We have provided several reports for you to review, use and share.

Our work, in partnership with you, continues.

Key Priorities

As we listened to all of the different audiences who have been a part of this process, key themes, challenges, needs, resources, and opportunities emerged. Guided by these, we have identified key priorities where RAC plans to focus its efforts and attention. This vision will drive the development of a collective strategy for the arts and culture in St. Louis. If we succeed, we hope that people will see the arts in a bigger way — that we will have helped to broaden the definition of what the arts are and the impact they can have on individuals, on organizations, and on St. Louis. We also hope that more people will see the arts as integral to their life experience, that more people will see an opportunity and an invitation to engage in the arts, and that leaders in the region will understand that everyone across the region benefits from engaging in the arts.

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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