Citizen Review Panelists

Citizen Review Panelists play a central role in the Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) annual grantmaking to organizations through General Operating Support (GOS) and Program Support grants and to individual artists through Artist Support grants and the Artist Fellowship.

Citizen Review Panelists are local and national volunteers who are passionate about arts and culture and represent a broad and diverse range of professions, backgrounds, demographics, and artistic and cultural viewpoints and are able to commit the time and energy to fulfill the obligations of the review process. Volunteers are accepted through a simple application process on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Citizen Review Panelists commit to the following:

  • Time for orientation and training
  • Time to read applications and work samples
  • Time to attend a half-to-full day meeting to discuss and rate applications

An individual may self-nominate to serve or recommend others by completing a simple application. Staff reviews submitted nominations and forms panels that are diverse in terms of demographics, professions, and artistic focus. To help achieve well-balanced panels with representation of diverse communities, sectors, expertise, and professional backgrounds, we may not be able to utilize everyone who submits an application. We keep the contact information of all qualified nominees for later grant cycles.

Starting in 2019, RAC will be offering an honorarium of $300 to all Citizen Review Panelists in recognition of the time committed to reading grant applications and the commitment to meeting for up to a full day.

To nominate yourself or a colleague for this volunteer opportunity, click here.

For more details on the Citizen Review Panel, see the RAC Citizen Review Panelist Handbook.