St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has appointed Andrea Purnell to the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC), the area’s largest annual funder of the arts in the St. Louis region.
Purnell currently serves as Communications and Artistic Director at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) where she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to mental health. In addition to her public relations duties at MIMH, Andrea is an actress, writer, director and stage manager, who combines her creative gifts with her concern for mental health care. Her acting credits include theater, commercials, industrial films, and movies. Among her writing credits is the play “Depression, Whose Disease Is It Anyway,” which she produced for the stage as part of a performing arts program designed to match the actor and the mental health professional in addressing mental illness.
A native St. Louisan, Purnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Fontbonne University and is currently pursuing a certification in sign language with an emphasis in deaf theater.
About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,700 grants totaling over $93 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.