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Awarded Grants

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) provides financial support for both non-profit organizations and individual artists in St. Louis City and County. RAC supports non-profit organizations and individual artists through four core grants programs: Program Support, General Operating Support (GOS), Artist Support, and Artist Fellowships.

In 2019, RAC awarded $4.2 million in financial support for Program Support, Artist Support, Artist Fellowships, and General Operating Support.


Artist Fellowship

Awardee Discipline Amount Organization URL Year
Awardee: Jacqueline ThompsonDiscipline: Theatre ArtsAmount: 20,000Organization URL: http://www.jacquelinelthompson.comYear: 2017
Awardee: Justin ReedDiscipline: LiteratureAmount: 20,000Organization URL: http://www.justinphillipreed.comYear: 2017
Awardee: Kahlil IrvingDiscipline: Crafts & Traditional ArtsAmount: 20,000Organization URL: Year: 2017
Awardee: Kim PortnoyDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: Year: 2017
Awardee: Lamar HarrisDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.thelamarharris.comYear: 2017
Awardee: Agnes WilcoxDiscipline: Theatre ArtsAmount: 20,000Organization URL: Year: 2016
Awardee: Damon DavisDiscipline: Media ArtsAmount: 20,000Organization URL: heartacheandpaint.comYear: 2016
Awardee: Jess T. DuganDiscipline: Visual ArtssAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.jessdugan.comYear: 2016
Awardee: Richard Lee O’DonnellDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.richodonnell.comYear: 2016
Awardee: Robert McNichols JrDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: Year: 2016
Awardee: Ron AustinDiscipline: LiteratureAmount: 20,000Organization URL: http://ronaaustin.wix.com/ronaaustinYear: 2016
Awardee: Ruth A. ReeseDiscipline: Crafts & Traditional ArtsAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.thereesegallery.comYear: 2016
Awardee: Ted MathysDiscipline: LiteratureAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.tedmathys.comYear: 2016
Awardee: Terry BarberDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.terrybarber.comYear: 2016
Awardee: Cbabi BayocDiscipline: Visual ArtssAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.cbabibayoc.comYear: 2015
Awardee: Christopher LimberDiscipline: Theatre ArtsAmount: 20,000Organization URL: Year: 2015
Awardee: Dawn KarlovskyDiscipline: DanceAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.karlovskydance.orgYear: 2015
Awardee: Denise Ward-BrownDiscipline: Visual ArtssAmount: 20,000Organization URL: www.hectv.org/watch/hec-tv-live/history-in-the-first-person-living-under-jim-crow-laws/14032/Year: 2015
Awardee: Dwayne D. BosmanDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: http://www.thebosmantwins.com/thinkjazz/Year: 2015
Awardee: Jeffrey NoonanDiscipline: MusicAmount: 20,000Organization URL: Year: 2015

Artist Support

Awardee Discipline Amount Organization URL Year
Aisha SultanMedia Arts3,000http://aishasultan.com/2019
Albert Yowshien KuoVisual Artss3,000http://www.albertyowshien.com/2019
Alexis RivierreVisual Arts3,000http://www.alexisrivierre.com2019
Alison ErazmusVisual Arts3,000https://www.alisonerazmus.com2019
Allison L Norfleet BruengerCrafts & Traditional Arts1,355http://www.alnbcollections.com2019
Amber Lauren JohnsonVisual Arts3,000http://www.thejusticefleet.com2019
Amy ReidelVisual Artss2,952https://www.amyreidel.com2019
Andrea OsmanDance3,0002019
Ben ScholleMedia Arts1,975http://www.organpop.com2019
Bill ChristmanVisual Artss3,0002019
Britt ZunigaMedia Arts3,0002019
Bryan RobertsonVisual Artss1,825https://www.bryan-robertson.com2019
Byro SlettenVisual Artss2,0002019
Cally BanhamMusic3,000https://www.callybanham.com2019
Caroline PhilipponeVisual Artss2,647http://www.carolinephilippone.com2019
Chris HillMedia Arts3,000https://www.facebook.com/thestorytellers314/2019
Clayton Adam ClarkLiterature2,941https://claytonadamclark.com/2019
Dan YoungerVisual Artss3,000http://www.artstuffpixs.com2019
Delaney PigginsTheatre Arts3,0002019
Diana BarriosDance3,0002019

Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020/2021 Program Support and General Operating Support grants amounts are not yet determined. Please check back in early 2021 for updated information.

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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.


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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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