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Andrea Purnell


Andrea Purnell has had a successful career as both an artist and an arts administrator. As an artist, she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to public health. As an administrator, Purnell currently serves as the audience development assistant with the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) where she assists in implementing initiatives to increase and diversify the museum’s audience profile. In addition to her public relations duties at SLAM, Andrea is an actress, writer, director, and stage manager. 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 she created designed to match the actor and the professional in addressing mental health challenges.

In addition to her service on the board of the Regional Arts Commission, Andrea also serves on the Disability Awareness Commission for the city of Florissant and the Fontbonne University Council of Regents. For these accomplishments, she has received the Grand Center Visionary Award-Emerging Artist, North County Incorporated 30 Leaders Award and ALIVE Magazine Buzz Listing. Purnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Fontbonne University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.

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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.


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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