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Invite All St. Louisans to Actively Participate in the Arts and Encourage Civic Engagement

  • Support the growth and development of a network of cultural councils throughout St. Louis County to increase funding for the arts
  • Increase support to parks and libraries in low-income neighborhoods that currently have the least access to the arts
  • Develop partnerships with diverse organizations to transform under-utilized spaces into gathering places for creative and community use
  • Increase opportunities for more people to actively participate in the arts

RAC exists today because, when asked more than 30 years ago if they saw a Regional Arts Commission as the right, effective way to support the arts and culture, the people of St. Louis said yes, and voted RAC into existence.

We believe that as an arts and culture institution that owes its existence to this public funding, we must be accountable to the public. That’s why in our process, we made it a priority to seek out the voices of everyday St. Louisans.

Technology is giving artists access to wider audiences than ever before and exposing audiences to a wider range of artists and art forms. Technology is also changing people’s expectations about work, play, and how they can engage with the arts.

Missouri History Museum
Missouri History Museum

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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