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Amplify Arts and Culture as an Economic Engine and Contributor to St. Louis’ High Quality of Life

  • Increase promotion of St. Louis as a cultural tourism destination competitive with other like-sized cities
  • Launch an initiative to advance the development of cultural districts in St. Louis City and County
  • Increase visibility of local arts organizations and artists through regional marketing and branding campaigns
  • Better integrate public art into city and county infrastructure through planning for parks, transportation and housing developments
  • Support and promote art at its highest level of achievement
  • Leverage the partnership with our most successful institutions to help achieve the priorities set forth in this cultural vision

St. Louis has a rich cultural life. Through decades of sustained leadership, the region’s arts and cultural world has evolved to include major cultural institutions, a strong and growing community of mid- and small-sized arts organizations, an expanding population of individual artists, and nationally recognized arts events.

Several long-standing and progressive policies, like those that established the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD) and that designated a percent of hotel/motel taxes to support the arts (administered by RAC), provide stability to the arts sector.

“This city has so much to offer. Those outside don’t realize what is here. My friends from New York came to perform at the Muny, and they were amazed at what was here.”
– Community Leader Interview

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Opera Theater of St. Louis

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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