On June 22, 2017, the Regional Arts Commission launched EVOKE St Louis, the first-ever comprehensive cultural planning process for the region. RAC will invite thousands of St Louisans to come together and engage in dialogue about the value of creativity in their lives and its relevancy to issues that make St Louis a better place to live.

The planning process is guided by a five-member Planning Committee of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of St Louis and County Executive, and an advisory group of 20+ civic, cultural and community leaders who represent multiple sectors — business, education, arts and culture, philanthropy and other areas of our community.

Our goal is to reflect the deep diversity of the St Louis region in a process that will range from large town hall meetings, surveys, roundtable discussions and individual interviews, to quiet chats over coffee, and will invite people to share what keeps St Louis stuck, what makes it dynamic, and how the arts can make our region more creative, cohesive and civically engaged.

In late fall of 2017, we will release a draft plan for public comment and the final plan in the first quarter of 2018. We hope that the plan will reflect the ideas and aspirations of people who believe that creativity — that impulse and ability to think, feel, express and generate something new, original and meaningful — are essential for any progressive city, like St Louis, to thrive.

This initiative to plan for the cultural future of St. Louis is finally here. It’s happening, and needs everyone’s participation. Be a part of the EVOKE St. Louis and let you voice be heard.

Click here to learn more and take the community survey.